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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions 2018-06-25 [IUF]
Algeria: Threats soar against democratic unions after ILC 2018-06-20 [IndustriALL]
Global unions unite to support independent trade unions in Algeria 2018-06-07 [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

Masisi meets Opposition, Trade Unions leaders 2018-07-09 [The Weekend Post]
Manufacturing could lift decade long wage stagnation-report 2018-05-04 [Mmgei-on line]
Journalists harassed at airport by security forces 2018-04-26 [IFJ]


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

Deductions from workers' salaries to pay for elections 2018-02-03 [The Graphic]
Female Police Officers Demand Appropriate Working Conditions 2017-03-13 [lwacu]
UN Says Delayed Peacekeeper Salaries Soon to Be Paid 2017-01-24 [Iwacu]


Cameroon

Water back in public hands 2018-05-02 [PSI]
University Lecturers Call Off Strike 2017-12-02 [Cameroon Tribune ]
Calls to free Ahmed Abba grow as mystery surrounds appeal hearing 2017-08-18 [IFJ]


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

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]
Schools, hospitals shut as Chad civil servants go on strike 2018-05-29 [The Digital Journal]


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

Building and Wood Workers hold General Assembly 2018-07-13 [BWI]
Freelance journalist sentenced to ten years 2018-05-24 [IFJ]
Banks turn to companies with temporary workers to promote Aman certificate 2018-03-12 [menafn]


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

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]
Abused Ethiopian domestic worker is “the poster girl for kafala” in Lebanon 2018-05-23 [ET]


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

UNIWA Appeals To AMA For Access To Space 2018-07-14 [Modern Ghana]
We won’t pay 1% NHIS levy: Labour unions tell government 2018-07-14 [Ghanaweb]
Kinaphama locks out agitated workers trying to form union 2018-06-29 [Ghanaweb]


Guinea-Bissau

No news in Guinea-Bissa as public media workers join strike 2018-07-18 [Vanguard]
Public workers march for higher wages 2018-07-12 [News 24]
Civil servants strike as first post-crisis budget approved 2018-06-28 [News 24]


Kenya

Tea workers threaten industrial action against tea companies over 2014/15 CBA 2018-07-19 [NTV]
Staff want state to manage water firm 2018-07-16 [The Star]
'Overtaxed workers' oppose housing fund deductions 2018-07-14 [Construction]


Lesotho

Amnesty bemoans delays in editors shooting trial 2018-07-14 [Lesotho Times]
Lesotho unions demand new minimum wages now 2018-07-01 [IndustriALL]
Organizing the diamond mining industry in Lesotho 2018-05-24 [IndustriALL]


Liberia

Martha was on the forefront of the fight against Ebola. Now she is worried if Liberia will be able to handle another outbreak 2018-06-11 [PSI]
PSI meets with Liberian Minister of Labour @ ILC2018 2018-06-11 [PSI]
Former Prez Sirleaf, Gov. Weeks, K.Y. Best, Others Honored for Contributions to Tailors Union 2018-05-28 [The Daily Observer]


Libya

Assailants abduct workers at oil facility in Libya 2018-07-15 [The Times-Union]
UN Sanctions Slave Traders 2018-06-11 [ITUC]
Two journalists detained 2018-05-25 [IFJ]


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

MCTU backs Malawi govt on dropping of Labour Tenancy Bill 2018-05-27 [The Times]
Court order forces UNIMA support staff back to work 2018-04-16 [MENAFN]
Court order forces UNIMA support staff back to work 2018-04-15 [The Post]


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

ITF Inspectors help repatriate abandoned Ukrainian Seafarers 2018-04-19 [ITF]
Women in Morocco, Tunisia Highlight GBV at Work 2018-03-12 [Solidarity Center]
#TimeIsNow: International Women’s Day 2018 2018-03-07 [Solidarity Center]


Mozambique

Beira Bus Workers End Strike 2018-06-05 [AllAfrica]
Workers March On May Day 2018-05-03 [allAfrica]
Mozambique: Union shocked by appalling conditions at plastics factory 2018-04-04 [IndustriALL]


Namibia

Separate trade unions from Swapo Party 2018-07-06 [The New Era]
Freight Firm Accused of Unfair Practices 2018-06-25 [The Namibian]
Labour consultants imposed on retail employees 2018-06-18 [The Namibian]


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

News Agency Of Nigeria Staff Threaten Strike 2018-07-22 [AIT]
NAN to embark on strike over poor welfare, others 2018-07-22 [TVC]
Workers’ Strike Paralyses Activities At Ibarapa Poly 2018-07-20 [Leadership]


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

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]
Air traffic controllers end strike at new airport 2017-12-17 [The Town Press]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

Water no get enemy? Not in Sierra Leone… 2017-09-04 [Equal Times]
Solidarity following Sierra Leone mudslide 2017-08-24 [PSI]
Salpost workers strike 2017-05-19 [Awoko]


Somalia

European Parliament Calls on Government to End Repression of Unions 2018-07-06 [ITUC]
IFJ applauds historic European Parliament resolution condemning grave human rights violations 2018-07-06 [IFJ]
Somaliland: IFJ calls for release of jailed journalist 2018-07-05 [IFJ]


South Africa

Shoe industry strike causes factory to close down 2018-07-21 [The Independent]
Public transportation not essential service, NUM tells CCMA 2018-07-21 [The Citizen]
Numsa opposes application to have transport workers categorised as essential 2018-07-21 [Eyewitness News]


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

Four Trade Unionists Severely Injured by Police during Peaceful Demonstration 2018-07-05 [ITUC]
Four Trade Unionists Severely Injured by Police 2018-07-05 [ITUC]
Is vote for women campaign doomed? 2018-05-14 [Times of Swaziland]


Sudan

Port Sudan Cargo Workers Lift Strike 2018-05-04 [Radio Dabanga]
Strike By 20,000+ Cargo Workers Paralyses Port Sudan 2018-05-03 [allAfrica]
Workers Union Head Interrogated in Port Sudan 2018-04-06 [Radio Dabanga]


Tanzania

'Invest Workers' Monthly Deductions' 2018-07-12 [The Daily News]
'No Longer!' - Trade unions in Tanzania take a stand to end tax injustice 2018-06-13 [PSI]
Female workers still paid less than male colleagues 2018-03-09 [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

Rate hike squeezes workers, consumers and local business 2018-07-03 [ITUC]
Naziha Kdimi: Women Must Persist in Breaking Gender Molds 2018-06-01 [Solidarity Center]
The growing power of Tunisia's labor union 2018-05-22 [al-Monitor]


Uganda

NOTU calls off planned strike by public servants 2018-06-24 [The Dispatch]
Union Workers Announce Strike Over Salary Raise 2018-06-22 [allAfrica]
Give nursing profession the attention it deserves 2018-06-22 [The Monitor]


Western Sahara

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 ]
Polisario Front takes part in congress of General Union workers in Murcia province 2016-05-15 [SPS]


Zambia

Zambia: Mining union on recruitment blitz 2018-07-12 [IndustriALL]
Workers need stronger voice than before – MUZ 2018-07-06 [The Mast]
Zambian unions petition Dangote on violation of workers’ rights 2018-07-06 [IndustriALL]


Zimbabwe

Mnangangwa accused to favouring military over teachers 2018-07-16 [24 News]
Mining Companies Exempted From Paying Wage Increment 2018-07-06 [allAfrica]
Strike looms in construction sector 2018-07-05 [Nehanda Radio]
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