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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

IndustriALL files OECD complaint against General Electric 2018-10-30 [IndustriALL]
Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions 2018-06-25 [IUF]
Algeria: Threats soar against democratic unions after ILC 2018-06-20 [IndustriALL]


Angola

Higher education teacher's union threaten strike in October 2017-09-20 [Xinhua]
Child Labour Compromises Children's Future - Jurist 2017-06-15 [Angola Press]
2 000 Angolan port workers strike over pay 2016-08-26 [News24Wire]


Benin

Unions agree to cooperate 2018-07-21 [IndustriALL]
Benin unions agree to cooperate 2018-07-20 [IndustriALL]
Ban on strikes in defence, health, justice sectors 2018-06-30 [News 24]


Botswana

Zibani Philomen's camp suffer another blow 2018-09-05 [The Monitor]
Government Commits to Consultation with mineworkers 2018-07-23 [allAfrica]
Masisi meets Opposition, Trade Unions leaders 2018-07-09 [The Weekend Post]


Burkina Faso

United teacher unions secure landmark agreement with government 2018-02-22 [Education International]
A new dawn for public hospital services in Burkina Faso as government signs agreement with health sector workers 2018-02-12 [PSI]
Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso summons Libyan ambassador over slavery claims 2017-11-22 [Libyan Express]


Burundi

Despite the crisis, STEB has been able to develop the skills of new union leaders 2018-10-05 [Education International]
Deductions from workers' salaries to pay for elections 2018-02-03 [The Graphic]
Female Police Officers Demand Appropriate Working Conditions 2017-03-13 [lwacu]


Cameroon

Unions call for peace, solidarity and the protection of livelihoods as Cameroon sinks deeper into violence 2018-08-20 [IUF]
Campost workers plan a new strike 2018-07-26 [The Business Times]
Water back in public hands 2018-05-02 [PSI]


Cape Verde

Gov't approves creation of unemployment benefits, reviews labour code 2016-01-06 [macauhub]
SOCIAL PROTECTION IN CABO VERDE: THE LITTLE ARCHIPELAGO THAT COULD 2015-06-08 [Equal Times]


Chad

Labor Unions End 5-Month Strike Amid Talks With Government 2018-10-27 [Bloomberg]
Chad vows to frizzle out civil servant strike 2018-07-05 [Le Journal]
'The public is losing its faith in public services' : Interview with Chadian Union Leader at ILC2018 2018-05-31 [PSI]


Comoros


Congo


Cote Divoire

Workers in Côte d’Ivoire beat back DHL’s attempt to hold unfair workplace elections 2018-07-12 [UNI]
“Internationalism is about sharing struggles” - Interview with Theodore Gnagna, Côte D’Ivoire @ ILC2018 2018-06-01 [PSI]
IndustriALL demands respect for workers’ rights and permanent jobs in the Ivory Coast 2018-04-17 [IndustriALL]


Djibouti

Citizens outraged at cheap labour deportation 2017-09-29 [IOL]
EI outraged at the arrests of teacher union leaders ActNOW! 2017-03-28 [Education International]
Free Ahmed-Kadar Nour and Omar Ali Ewado ActNOW! 2017-03-24 [Education International]


Egypt

There is a hiring freeze in Egypt and young workers are not happy about it 2018-10-07 [My Salaam]
The Egyptian mothers battling to establish paternity – and rights – for their children 2018-09-21 [Equal Times]
Shawkan's release five years overdue 2018-09-11 [IFJ]


Equatorial Guinea

Free Ramón Esono Ebalé! 2017-12-06 [Equal Times]
INVESTMENT IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA WILL NOT END HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES 2015-06-24 [Equal Times]


Eritrea

President Held Discussions With Workers' Organizations 2017-04-08 [Shabait]
Africans to sue Canadian mining firm for alleged abuses 2016-10-08 [The Times-Union]
FROM ERITREA TO DENMARK: A PERILOUS JOURNEY CAPTURED ON A CELL PHONE 2016-03-21 [Equal Times]


Ethiopia

Striking air traffic controllers arrested 2018-09-08 [The East African]
Government Touts Good Conditions in Factories for Brands Like H&M and Calvin Klein, but Workers Scrape By On $1 a Day 2018-07-09 [The Intercept]
Labour Strike Rocks Bole Lemi Industrial Park 2018-05-25 [Addis Fortune]


Gabon

Oil workers' union ends strike at Total facilities 2018-07-20 [Euronews]
Oil Workers Start 15-Day Strike At Total Facilities 2018-07-10 [E&P]
Workers start strike at Total facilities 2018-07-09 [Upstream]


Gambia

Drivers Union Observes A Day Off In Solidarity With Members, Villagers 2018-06-22 [Foroyaa]
Journalist brutally assaulted and arrested 2018-06-22 [IFJ]
67 construction workers sacked 2017-12-13 [Foroyaa ]


Ghana

Mortuary workers to strike tomorrow 2018-11-12 [Ghana Web]
Mortuary Workers to Go On Strike 2018-11-12 [Peace FM]
KNUST: UTAG threatens November 19 strike ‘until further notice’ 2018-11-09 [Ghanaweb]


Guinea-Bissau

Public workers end strike in Guinea-Bissau after pay deal 2018-08-03 [The Daily Mail]
Civil servants strike over salary increase demands 2018-07-25 [Africa News]
No news in Guinea-Bissa as public media workers join strike 2018-07-18 [Vanguard]


Kenya

Court halts pay strike by Homa Bay nurses 2018-11-10 [The Standard]
Patients throng Gendia Mission Hospital as Homa Bay medics strike 2018-11-07 [The Star]
Crisis in Homa Bay hospitals as medics go on strike due to pay delay 2018-11-06 [The Standard]


Lesotho

Factory dismisses half its workforce 2018-10-04 [Lesotho Times]
Cosatu throws weight behind teachers 2018-09-19 [Lesotho Times]
Workers get $138 as new minimum wage 2018-08-31 [The Nation]


Liberia

Unfair dismissal of union officials by Firestone Liberia condemned 2018-11-09 [IndustriALL]
EI condemns crimes against girls at the US charity operated school More than Me 2018-10-18 [Education International]
Nurses removed from the payroll system 2018-10-02 [PSI]


Libya

Journalist Moussa Abdel Karim abducted and killed 2018-08-06 [IFJ]
Assailants abduct workers at oil facility in Libya 2018-07-15 [The Times-Union]
UN Sanctions Slave Traders 2018-06-11 [ITUC]


Madagascar

Victory as strike ends at Rio Tinto QMM in Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar 2018-03-14 [IndustriALL]
IndustriALL and Rio Tinto make joint mission to Madagascar 2018-02-09 [IndustriALL]
Civil servants threaten strike in January 2017-12-31 [Punch]


Malawi

Strike Paralyses University of Malawi, Students Worried 2018-10-19 [allAfrica]
Labour pains at University of Malawi, staff go on strike 2018-10-16 [The Nyasa Times]
Calling Malawians Monkeys - Terrastone Workers Strike Over Racisist Boss 2018-10-09 [The Nyasa Times]


Mali

Election workers suspend strike before presidential vote 2018-07-05 [Al Jazeera]
Election officials end strike, easing fears for July 29 elections 2018-07-05 [The News]
Election organisers extend strike indefinitely weeks before vote 2018-07-04 [The News]


Mauritania

Workers likely to return later on Sunday 2018-03-21 [Steel Guru]
Iron ore miners end strike 2018-03-19 [Le Journal]
Mauritanian Workers Get N92,520 New Minimum Wage 2018-03-13 [leadership]


Mauritius

Union demands salary increase and end of discrimination at the Metro Express Project 2018-05-28 [BWI]
How fashion brands are tackling modern slavery in Mauritius - and the role of unions 2018-03-05 [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
Minimum wage win for unions in Mauritius 2017-12-13 [IndustriALL]


Morocco

New Domestic Workers Law Takes Effect 2018-10-04 [Human Rights Watch]
ITF Inspectors help repatriate abandoned Ukrainian Seafarers 2018-04-19 [ITF]
Women in Morocco, Tunisia Highlight GBV at Work 2018-03-12 [Solidarity Center]


Mozambique

International support in new union creation 2018-10-05 [Education International]
International support in new union creation 2018-10-03 [Education International]
Living with albinism in Mozambique 2018-09-05 [Equal Times]


Namibia

Unam agree to 6% salary increase 2018-11-09 [The Namibian]
Unam pay demands ‘unreasonable’ - minister 2018-11-07 [The New Era]
Nantu Accuses Unam of Breaching Strike Rules 2018-11-03 [The New Era]


Niger

United teachers demand that government fulfill its promises 2016-12-10 [Education International]
Workers shut down Federal Medical Centre, demand removal of CMD 2016-10-20 [Pulse]
NLC, TUC begin indefinite strike over salary cut 2016-07-12 [The Daily Trust]


Nigeria

Labour fumes over unpaid benefit to ex-PHCN staff 2018-11-14 [Vanguard]
Averted Labour Strike Saves Nigeria N5.6bn Daily Losses 2018-11-11 [Leadership]
Minimum Wage: Don’t go below N30,000, NNPP advises FG 2018-11-10 [The Eagle]


Rwanda

Labour union demands better safety for miners 2018-06-10 [The New Times]
Illegally dismissed SYPELGAZ trade union members to return to court on June 4 2018-05-28 [PSI]
Labour Day to Be Marked in Rubavu District 2018-05-01 [The New Times]


Sao Tome and Principe


Senegal

Pan-African News Agency Workers Go on Strike 2018-08-11 [Prensa Latina]
President tasks unions with sustaining peace 2018-05-03 [Le Journal]
The women and girls in Senegal pushing through the tech industry’s gender barriers 2018-01-09 [Equal Times]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

Labour Congress Cautions SLPP Gov’t As Exec of Bike Riders Union Jailed 2018-11-04 [The Express]
Sierra Rutile operations suspended indefinitely 2018-10-27 [Awoko]
Iluka rutile project grinds to halt due to strike action 2018-10-23 [Mining]


Somalia

UN must take action to defend journalists’ human rights 2018-09-30 [IFJ]
NUSOJ and VIKES conduct EU-Funded Labor Rights Training for 25 Somali Journalists 2018-09-30 [The Observer]
Radio journalist stabbed to death in Galkayo city 2018-09-20 [IFJ]


South Africa

Cosatu: Competition Amendment Bill will attract investment 2018-11-14 [Business Day]
SABC, unions begin talks about retrenchments 2018-11-14 [Business Report]
Gauteng Rail guards lament unexplained pay decreases 2018-11-14 [SowetanLive]


South Sudan

South Sudan: Pythagoras in the trenches 2017-08-10 [Equal Times]
Government blocks two news websites 2017-07-20 [IFJ]
President Kiir fires judges over strike 2017-07-14 [Canadian Labour Reporter]


Swaziland

New PM's headache: To deal with COLA 2018-10-29 [Times of Swaziland]
Reported Attempt to Re-Form Swaziland Police Union Rekindles Memories of Fight for Workers' Rights 2018-10-17 [allAfrica]
eSwatini: Police Brutally Attack Defenseless Members of TUCOSWA Ahead of Sham Elections 2018-09-21 [ITUC]


Sudan

Teachers Strike Against Non-Payment 2018-11-09 [Radio Dabanga]
More Sudan Teachers Strike for Salary Payment 2018-10-24 [Radio Dabanga]
Port Sudan Cargo Workers Lift Strike 2018-05-04 [Radio Dabanga]


Tanzania

SA journalist Angela Quintal, colleague released following arrest in Tanzania 2018-11-08 [IOL]
PSI mourns with Tanzania the MV Nyerere ferry disaster that claimed hundreds of lives 2018-10-02 [PSI]
Kidnap and robbery couldn’t stop this female truck driver 2018-08-05 [The Citizen]


Togo

Health workers intensify calls on government to address deplorable conditions 2018-04-02 [PSI]
Togo unionists poised for week-long strike 2018-03-18 [journalducameroun]
Healthcare workers join strike as protests mount 2018-02-01 [News 24]


Tunisia

UGTT union cancels national strike after govt deal 2018-10-22 [Reuters]
Union agrees public sector wage deal to avert nationwide strike 2018-10-22 [Zawya]
Syndicates Call for Biggest Strike Within Public Sector Institutions 2018-10-19 [Asharq al-Awsat]


Uganda

Enact laws that protect rights of migrant women 2018-10-16 [The Eagle]
Building education unions’ capacity for social and policy dialogue in Uganda and Malawi 2018-09-21 [Education International]
22,000 teachers to be recruited for quality education 2018-09-20 [Education International]


Western Sahara

UGTSARIO celebrates National Day of Sahrawi Workers 2018-10-21 [SPS]
Sahrawi Lawyers Union denounces plunder of Western Sahara resources 2018-01-03 [SPS]
International Conference of Solidarity With Sahrawi Workers - UN Urged to End Moroccan Occupation 2016-12-07 [Algeria Press ]


Zambia

Government to Pay Council Workers’ Delayed Salaries 2018-09-23 [The Times]
CBU lecturers resolve to release students’ results 2018-09-23 [The Mast]
Zampost workers threaten no-confidence vote on PF 2018-09-13 [The Mast]


Zimbabwe

Teachers Demand Payment in US Dollars 2018-11-10 [VoA]
Harare Court dismisses ZCTU leaders’ freedom bid 2018-11-07 [New Zimbabwe]
Teachers threaten to down tools over 'deteriorating working conditions' 2018-11-07 [News 24]
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