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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

5,000 police used to stop energy workers’ march 2017-07-26 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nasty anti-migrant campaign grows as Algeria gives legal status to black African workers 2017-07-06 [Quartz]
Legal status granted to African migrants amid worker shortages, racism 2017-07-04 [Euronews]


Angola

Child Labour Compromises Children's Future - Jurist 2017-06-15 [Angola Press]
2 000 Angolan port workers strike over pay 2016-08-26 [News24Wire]
Employers Should Ensure Medical Tests for Workers 2016-03-24 [ANGOP]


Benin

The Illegal trade supplying Benin’s fuel needs 2017-05-08 [Equal Times]
Vague presidential promise keeps campuses closed 2014-03-29 [University World News]
Trade unions to strike on Tuesday 2014-01-07 [Panapress]


Botswana

BMWU irked as BCL demands housing rental 2017-08-04 [Mmegi]
Boko roots for BOFEPUSU, BOPEU reconciliation 2017-07-24 [The Post]
The Letter That Reported Botswana To ILO 2017-06-21 [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

Female Police Officers Demand Appropriate Working Conditions 2017-03-13 [lwacu]
UN Says Delayed Peacekeeper Salaries Soon to Be Paid 2017-01-24 [Iwacu]
Trade union confederation leader arrested 2016-12-30 [Iwacu]


Cameroon

Calls to free Ahmed Abba grow as mystery surrounds appeal hearing 2017-08-18 [IFJ]
After 35 years of abuses of power, youth in Cameroon want to make their voices heard 2017-07-28 [equal times]
Shabby treatment of Dockers triggers mass demonstration at Douala Port 2017-05-19 [Concord]


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: tentative progress on trade union rights 2017-04-11 [PSI]
Government wont pay striking workers 2016-12-26 [Africa News]
Oil workers end strike after Chinese employers raise pay 2014-03-19 [Reuters]


Comoros


Congo


Cote Divoire

Union bashing in Ivory Coast’s oil sector must end 2017-07-20 [IndustriALL]
Ivory Coast: union condemns lay-offs at Libya Oil 2017-04-27 [IndustriALL]
State oil workers strike in Ivory Coast 2017-02-16 [IndustriALL]


Djibouti

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]
EI welcomes formerly imprisoned teacher unionist 2016-07-08 [Education International]


Egypt

Hundreds of Spinning and Weaving Company workers move sit-in to Giza’s Talaat Harb Square 2017-08-16 [Egypt Independent ]
Textile workers go on strike in Egypt's Mahalla over salary raise 2017-08-15 [Ahram Online]
Over 6,000 Mahalla workers strike over delayed bonuses 2017-08-08 [Egypt Independent]


Equatorial Guinea

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

This Horrific Video of an Ethiopian Domestic Worker Falling in Kuwait Must Prompt Change 2017-04-04 [OkayAfrica]
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]


Gabon

Remy Ebanega and the ANFPG: Breaking through for footballers in Gabon 2017-03-29 [UNI Global Union]
Striking teachers call for social dialogue to improve the education system 2017-02-28 [Education International]
Maurel & Prom Gabon strike may spread: Update 2017-02-27 [Argus]


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

Employers must promote partnerships at the workplace - Minister 2017-08-18 [GNA]
TV3 lays off 100 workers 2017-08-10 [Ghanaweb]
Let This Be a Lesson to Employers 2017-08-04 [allAfrica]


Guinea-Bissau

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


Kenya

Nairobi water company workers strike over board's decision to fire directors 2017-08-18 [The Star]
Half of the counties have paid nurses who are still on strike 2017-08-18 [The Star]
Union to closely watch GM Korea’s new CEO, exit rumor 2017-08-18 [The Investor]


Lesotho

Union keeps up wage demands 2017-08-15 [IndustriALL]
Letseng speaks on unions claims 2017-07-31 [Lesotho Times]
Unions reject 7% wage hike 2017-07-21 [Lesotho Times]


Liberia

AAIWUL Questions Legitimacy of Firestone Workers Union to Pull out of Merger 2017-08-02 [The Bush Chicken]
Civil society rejects privatisation project 2017-08-01 [Education International]
Firestone Union Leaders Pull Out of Historic Merger 2017-07-26 [The Bush Chicken]


Libya

Launching an initiative to strengthen professional solidarity between journalists 2017-07-15 [IFJ]
Oil workers return after protest over death - production resumes 2017-06-13 [Libyan Express]
Largest oil field Sharara reopens after workers end strike 2017-06-10 [Libyan Herald]


Madagascar

Dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTS ActNOW! 2017-06-13 [Hellenic Shipping News]
Dockworkers protest at Madagascan Parliament ActNOW! 2017-06-13 [ITF Global Union]
Dock worker talks aim for resolution ActNOW! 2017-06-13 [Just-style]


Malawi

Court clerks strike over housing benefits 2017-08-01 [The Times]
Musicians Union of Malawi calls on urban artists to be party to MUM 2017-07-29 [Nyasa Times]
Malawi teachers threaten to go on strike again 2017-07-16 [Malawi24]


Mali

Health workers end month-long strike in Mali 2017-04-17 [news24]
Mali doctors strike paralyses hospitals 2017-03-17 [malaysiasun]
Mali health workers strike over pay 2017-03-16 [AfricaNews]


Mauritania

Failng to eradicate slavery and forced labour 2017-07-06 [Equal Times]
Mauritania is failing to eradicate slavery and forced labour 2017-07-04 [Equal Times]
10 Mauritanian anti-slavery activists win freedom 2016-11-20 [Middle East Eye]


Mauritius

Mass demonstration against Chinese Contractors 2017-08-16 [BWI]
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]


Morocco

Left-Wing Coalition Calls for National March on August 27 to Demand Release of Rif Detainees 2017-08-16 [Morocco World News]
King pardons more than 1,000 social justice protesters 2017-07-30 [Al Jazeera]
Social unrest boils over in Morocco's al-Hoceima 2017-07-30 [Al Jazeera ]


Mozambique

Too heavy a burden to bear: Mozambique’s illegitimate loans must be cancelled 2017-08-08 [Equal Times]
Two journalists beaten 2017-07-25 [IFJ]
Mozambique Increases Minimum Wages in Spite of IMF Warning 2017-04-20 [bloomberg]


Namibia

Union challenges Nghimtina over Shoprite workers 2017-08-17 [The New Era]
Employers' Association Calls Out Nghimtina Over Shoprite 2017-08-12 [The Namibian]
Charcol workers exploited 2017-07-27 [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

Over 300 staff shut down IMUTH over half salaries 2017-08-18 [Vanguard]
Ondo Labour unions battle Akeredolu over offer on Paris Club refund 2017-08-18 [The Daily Post]
Nigeria not out of recession, union claims 2017-08-18 [The Nation]


Rwanda

Decent Work for the Rwandan Worker - a Labour Day Reflection 2017-05-01 [allafrica.com]
Trade unions petition courts over dismissal of former EWSA employees 2017-04-30 [The New Times]
Spotlight Shone on Managers Over Breach of Labour Laws 2017-01-24 [New Times ]


Sao Tome and Principe


Senegal

Pushing back precarious work in Senegal 2017-07-03 [IndustriALL]
The Senegalese fishermen trapped between hunger and exile 2017-04-04 [Equal Times ]
The Senegalese fishermen trapped between hunger and exile 2017-04-03 [Equal Times]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

Salpost workers strike 2017-05-19 [Awoko]
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]


Somalia

Government Hands Over Office space to Workers Union 2017-07-26 [The Horn Observer]
IFJ warns new media bill risks damaging free expression ActNOW! 2017-07-16 [IFJ]
Somali journalist detained without charge ActNOW! 2017-07-12 [IFJ]


South Africa

Labour brokers' group encourages labour brokers to disregard key judgement 2017-08-18 [Lawyers for Human Rights]
Marikana Five Years Later: Thousands gather on the koppie to pay tribute to the 34 miners 2017-08-18 [The Daily Maverick]
Marikana then and now — a tragedy that keeps unfolding 2017-08-18 [The Mail and Guardian]


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

SANU staff goes on strike tomorrow 2017-08-16 [The Observer]
TUCOSWA gives Nedbank 2-day ultimatum 2017-08-16 [The Observer]
FNB in salary talks with union 2017-08-13 [The Observer]


Sudan

University of Bahr el Ghazal’s VC distances self from workers strike 2017-03-31 [The Tribune]
Kordofan Teachers Boycot Examinations 2017-03-15 [Radio Dabanga]
Khartoum signs Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World 2017-01-15 [IFJ]


Tanzania

Zanzibar shows how tourism spreads HIV globally 2017-08-17 [New Internationalist]
Union leaders support efforts to achieve gender equality 2017-07-26 [Education International]
Tanzania Struggles to End Child Labor 2017-04-05 [VOA]


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

Labour union mobilises against 'racist' C-Star ship 2017-08-16 [ANDA]
Comprehensive new law on violence against women 2017-08-09 [IAMAW]
Comprehensive new law on violence against women 2017-08-02 [IUF]


Uganda

Trains Grounded As Over 400 RVR Workers Strike 2017-08-04 [allAfrica]
Kyambogo opens Saturday after staff strike is called off 2017-08-02 [New Vision]
Strikes by students and workers poses a security threat, says former minister 2017-07-17 [KFM]


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

NUMSA condemns lungu’s call for state of emergency in Zambia 2017-07-07 [IOL/ANA]
NUMSA’s perceived claims on Zambia unfounded-Emmanuel Mwamba 2017-07-07 [Lusaka Times]
Pay workers decent salaries, foreign investors told 2017-07-05 [Zambia Daily Mail]


Zimbabwe

Former BancABC workers petition President Mugabe 2017-08-12 [New Zimbabwe]
ZCTU worried by rising political violence 2017-07-28 [COSATU]
Cash shortages continue to cripple Zimbabwe 2017-07-10 [Equal Times]
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