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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

Will there be a late Arab Spring in Algeria? 2017-02-10 [The National Review]
Algerian union leader gets jail sentence for whistleblowing 2017-02-02 [IndustriALL]
For 7 months 17 crew stranded in Algeria : A human rights disgrace ITF says 2017-01-17 [Hellenic Shipping News]


Angola

2 000 Angolan port workers strike over pay 2016-08-26 [News24Wire]
Employers Should Ensure Medical Tests for Workers 2016-03-24 [ANGOP]
Trade Unions Urge Salary Adjustment for Better Living 2016-02-20 [Angola Press]


Benin

Vague presidential promise keeps campuses closed 2014-03-29 [University World News]
Trade unions to strike on Tuesday 2014-01-07 [Panapress]
Benin DW learn about roles of leaders, union structure and administration work 2013-08-24 [SYNEHM]


Botswana

Motsamai’s legacy divides opinions 2017-01-30 [The Post]
BOFEPUSU should determine 2019 elections outcome- Mokhurutshe 2017-01-23 [The Post]
BMWU enters political terrain 2017-01-20 [Mmegi]


Burkina Faso

Burkina road strike wins action on worker concerns 2017-02-14 [iTF]
Unions in Burkina Faso and Senegal fight back against precarious work 2016-12-01 [IndustriALL]
Patients languish in Burkina Faso amid doctors strike 2016-11-25 [Metro]


Burundi

UN Says Delayed Peacekeeper Salaries Soon to Be Paid 2017-01-24 [Iwacu]
Trade union confederation leader arrested 2016-12-30 [Iwacu]
Silence and short memories Burundi 2016-08-25 [Equal Times]


Cameroon

‘Digital refugees’, repression and the death penalty – Cameroon’s escalating language conflict 2017-02-21 [Equal Times]
Cameroon: Bamenda - Teachers Trade Unions Suspend Strike Action 2017-02-06 [All Africa]
roon: North West - Teachers' Strike Enters Sixth Week 2017-01-17 [All Africa]


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

Government wont pay striking workers 2016-12-26 [Africa News]
Oil workers end strike after Chinese employers raise pay 2014-03-19 [Reuters]
Oil drilling workers start three-day strike over pay 2014-03-11 [Mining Weekly]


Comoros


Congo


Cote Divoire

State oil workers strike in Ivory Coast 2017-02-16 [IndustriALL]
Workers extend strike at CNR's Ivory Coast oil and gas fields 2017-02-11 [Reuters]
Workers launch 72-hour strike at CNR's Ivory Coast operations 2017-02-08 [Reuters]


Djibouti

EI welcomes formerly imprisoned teacher unionist 2016-07-08 [Education International]
Teacher unionist released from prison after global support 2016-02-20 [Education International]
Education International calls for release of teacher unionist and human rights defender ActNOW! 2016-01-28 [Education International]


Egypt

Union campaign against policies of impoverishment 2017-02-10 [Mada]
Workers Charged Over Protests 2017-02-10 [allAfrica]
Workers at Egypt's Mahalla El-Kobra end strike, production resumes 2017-02-09 [Abram Online]


Equatorial Guinea

INVESTMENT IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA WILL NOT END HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES 2015-06-24 [Equal Times]


Eritrea

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]
Eritrean refugees are caught between a rock and a hard place 2015-12-10 [Equal Times]


Ethiopia

CETU unio in campaign for decent work conditions for women 2017-01-26 [Ethiopian Herald]
Two Radio Bilal Journalists Sentenced in Ethiopia On Terror Charges 2017-01-09 [CPJ]
New Policy to Ensure Labour Safety 2016-12-28 [Fortune]


Gabon

Shell staff, management reach deal to end strike 2017-01-24 [The Daily Nation]
Shell oil workers in Gabon begin 'unlimited' strike on Thursday 2017-01-13 [Reuters]
Shell oil workers begin 'unlimited' strike on Thursday 2017-01-12 [Yahoo]


Gambia

The tyrant has fallen – so what now for the Gambia? 2017-01-31 [Equal Times]
Union leader's death in prison triggers int'l outcry 2016-03-20 [Equal Times]
Gambia: union leader’s death in prison triggers international outcry 2016-03-14 [Equal Times]


Ghana

Threats To Shut Kaduna Airport Over Workers Welfare Strike 2017-02-12 [The News]
Tema Port Project Creates 5,000 Jobs 2017-02-10 [Business Day Ghana]
Agric workers laud gov’t’s ‘planting for good and job’ campaign 2017-01-18 [Citi FM]


Guinea-Bissau

Health workers join teachers in nationwide strike over wages 2016-04-07 [Africa News]


Kenya

Why doctors in Kenya are sticking to their guns 2017-02-21 [Mail and Guardian Africa]
Kenyan court frees doctors' leaders jailed during health sector strike 2017-02-16 [CNA]
Seven doctors jailed over deadly Kenyan hospital strike 2017-02-14 [The Independent]


Lesotho

20,000 workers protest in Lesotho to save AGOA 2016-12-18 [Just style]
Unions demonstrate to save AGOA 2016-12-01 [IndustriAll]
LCS fires staff union boss 2016-11-02 [Lesotho Tiomes]


Liberia

Trade union rights in Liberia: PSI meets the Ambassador to the UN in Geneva 2017-02-20 [PSI]
Solidarity with Liberian Health Workers ActNOW! 2017-02-14 [PSI]
GVL, Workers Union Sign Collective Bargaining Agreement 2017-02-06 [Front Page]


Libya

EU to pay Libya to keep refugees out of Europe 2017-02-04 [ETUC]
Airport workers strikes after pay delayed by months 2016-12-04 [The Observer]
Sharif - 1st Arab woman to assume Presidency, lead union federation 2016-09-11 [ATUC]


Madagascar

Malgasy press mobilise against “liberticidal” communications law 2016-07-28 [Equal Times]
End scandalous Code of communication 2016-07-13 [IFJ]
Unions in Madagascar ready to confront multinational companies 2016-05-04 [IndustriALL]


Malawi

Malawi: too young to get married, too poor to be educated 2017-02-02 [Equal Times]
BCCEAWU elected a women President at its 5th Quadrennial Congress 2017-01-24 [BWI]
Stop Gender Violence Against Women - Mctu 2017-01-10 [MNA]


Mali

Miners suspend five-day strike after ministry move 2016-10-25 [Reuters]
Resolute Mining, other gold-producer's workers call for strike 2016-10-13 [The Gazette]
Union calls five day mine strike over treatment of workers 2016-10-12 [Reuters]


Mauritania

10 Mauritanian anti-slavery activists win freedom 2016-11-20 [Middle East Eye]
Canadian firm agrees deal in Mauritania mine dispute 2016-10-04 [World Bulletin]
Canadian gold mining firm embroiled in labour dispute and corruption allegations 2016-07-13 [rabble]


Mauritius

Workers on the streets for their rights 2017-02-10 [BWI Global Union]
Magnetic Card vs Bus Ticket: Union Workers Mention Potential Problems 2016-03-13 [Island Crisis]
Plight of garment workers highlighted 2015-06-06 [Fibre2Fashion]


Morocco

Retirement not end of line for pioneering woman train driver 2017-01-26 [iTF]
Workers from throughout the country march in Agadir in support of rights for DOHA fish workers 2017-01-15 [IUF]
Morocco’s imperfect solution to a forgotten migrant crisis 2017-01-06 [equal times]


Mozambique

Bus Workers' Strike Called Off 2017-02-07 [allAfrica]
Children Abandoning School for Artisanal Mining 2017-01-23 [AIM]
Four decades on, Germany’s Mozambican youth labourers are still waiting to be paid 2016-08-23 [Equal Times]


Namibia

Al-Dahra workers unhappy with working conditions 2016-12-12 [The New Era]
Nghimtina speaks of social justice and decent work 2016-12-12 [The Namibian]
MUN leader to be buried at Nkurenkuru 2016-11-25 [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

Health workers threaten to embark on indefinite strike 2017-02-17 [The Eagle]
Nigerian airport workers threaten walkout while capital's runway repaired 2017-02-12 [Reuters Africa]
Rector begs striking workers to resume work 2017-02-12 [The Nation]


Rwanda

Spotlight Shone on Managers Over Breach of Labour Laws 2017-01-24 [New Times ]
There’s still some way to go before Kigali’s street vendors secure decent work 2016-11-02 [Equal Times]
Workers Union Call for Minimum Wage 2016-08-19 [Focus]


Sao Tome and Principe


Senegal

WATER FIGHT WITH CEMENT FACTORY LEAVES SENEGALESE HIGH AND DRY 2016-10-07 [Equal Times]
Calls to give domestic workers legal protection 2016-04-05 [BBC]
Disciplinary sanctions against Senegal aviation workers dropped 2016-01-26 [ITF]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s farmers continue to fight multinational land grabs 2016-09-28 [Equal Times]
Workers strike at Shandong’s iron ore mine 2015-09-23 [The Nation]
Workers strike at Shandong's iron ore mine 2015-09-20 [Reuters]


Somalia

NUSOJ Condemns the Detention of Three Journalists in Kismayo 2016-11-14 [Dalsan Radio]
Somalia in focus on the World Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists 2016-11-02 [Equal Times]
NUSOJ delegates thank IFJ sister unions, ITUC-Africa for their solidarity 2016-07-13 [Somali Current]


South Africa

Court favours gold producers over union in 2013 wager agreement extension 2017-02-21 [The Citizen]
Cosatu’s backtracking on National Minimum Wage… 2017-02-20 [Moneyweb]
Untu threatens strike action at Prasa 2017-02-17 [The Citizen]


South Sudan

UNAMID local staff goes on strike over unpaid benefits 2016-07-29 [The Tribune]
Juba Monitor Editor-in-Chief Arrested 2016-07-20 [IFJ]
Civil servants threaten to strike in Yei over unpaid salaries 2016-06-04 [Radio Tamazuj]


Swaziland

Strike At Swazi King's SADC University 2017-01-24 [Swazi Media Commentary]
Langa Bricks staff back on strike 2017-01-18 [The Observer]
Public servants ready to strike 2017-01-09 [Swazi Media Commentary]


Sudan

Khartoum signs Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World 2017-01-15 [IFJ]
General strike held over government policies 2016-12-21 [Radio Dabanga]
Schools Closed By Teachers' Strike in West Kordofan 2016-12-14 [allAfrica]


Tanzania

75 Per Cent of Civil Servants Can Now Move to Dodoma, Says Mhagama 2016-08-20 [The Daily News]
How to Retaliate Against Sexual Harassment At Workplace 2016-08-06 [Tanzania Daily News]
Million reasons to treat your house girl humanely 2016-06-12 [The Daily Times]


Togo

PPPs and the Right to Health: PSI French-speaking Africa Affiliates Call for People over Profit 2017-02-20 [PSI]
Phosphate miners launch new strike 2016-08-26 [eNCA]
Togo: IUF evaluation and planning workshop for domestic workers 2015-12-01 [Vicky Kanyoka]


Tunisia

Doctors strike. Hundreds take to the streets 2017-02-09 [TAP]
Companies in difficulty: 736 layoffs in December 2016 2017-02-09 [TAP]
Working days lost in private sector drop by 75% in December 2016 2017-02-09 [TAP]


Uganda

First International Symposium on Community Health Workers starts in Uganda 2017-02-22 [PSI]
Rail workers continue tradition of resistance to the ‘iron snake’ 2017-01-10 [Waging Non-Violence]
Workers Strike Over Alleged Harassment by Chinese Managers 2017-01-05 [VoA]


Western Sahara

International Conference of Solidarity With Sahrawi Workers - UN Urged to End Moroccan Occupation 2016-12-07 [Algeria Press ]
Polisario Front takes part in congress of General Union workers in Murcia province 2016-05-15 [SPS]
Authorities Prevent a Press Conference of Unemployed Gradual Saharawis 2015-12-31 [Sahara Press Service]


Zambia

Mind your own business, Numsa told 2017-02-20 [The Herald]
Luanshya Mines recalls miners 2017-02-09 [ZNBC]
Miners Union Pleads for Special Loans 2017-01-28 [Times of Zambia]


Zimbabwe

We'll Not Fail to Pay Salaries - Govt 2017-02-10 [The Herald]
Angry teachers give strike notice 2017-02-02 [Nehanda Radio]
Rural Teachers' Union Says to Go On Strike Over Unpaid Bonus 2017-02-01 [New Zimbabwe]
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