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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

Crackdown on Labor Rights Defenders. Wave of Arrests, Prosecutions of Unemployed Workers 2015-02-27 [Human Rights Watch]
Opposition mounts to shale gas in Algeria 2015-01-30 [Equal Times]
Repeal of Article 87a of Labour Code, 'Irrevocable Asset,' Says UGTA 2015-01-10 [Algerie Presse Service]


Angola

Union Woman Announces Expansion of Committees in Huíla 2015-01-10 [allAfrica]
Trade Union Organisations Pledge to Improve Conditions of Employees 2014-10-28 [allAfrica]
Minister Highlights Labour Law Review 2013-06-14 [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

Botswana diamond workers bleed 2015-02-20 [Mail&Guardian]
BOPEU expects small budget surplus 2015-01-29 [Mmegi]
Rival trade unions meet 2014-12-11 [Mmegi]


Burkina Faso

Strike stops operations at Avocet Mining's Inata mine 2014-12-09 [Mining Weekly]
BWI Statement on Burkina Faso 2014-11-21 [BWI]
Burkinabé workers – between fear and hope 2014-11-12 [Equal Times]


Burundi

Beneath the Surface of Strike Action in Burundi 2013-04-25 [African Labour News]
Empowering Young People: Training of Trainers in Burundi 2013-02-13 [UNESCO]
Unions vow to strike over rising cost of living 2012-03-17 [The East African]


Cameroon

ITF demands release of arrested Cameroon union leaders 2015-01-30 [ITF]
Transport Trade Unions Urged to Be Organised 2014-11-14 [Cameroon Tribune]
Trade union rights being attacked 2014-08-01 [Education International]


Cape Verde

Praia loses 1m euros to strike by Customs officials 2011-12-27 [Afrique en ligne]


Chad

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]
Oil drilling workers start three-day strike over pay 2014-03-10 [Reuters]


Comoros

Government wage bill ballooning 2011-04-11 [UN IRIN]


Congo


Cote Divoire

First HIV and AIDS conference in Côte d'Ivore 2014-12-01 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Trade unionists highlight gender equality 2014-03-24 [Education International]
Death of Ivory Coast union leader Basile Mahan Gahé 2013-09-18 [IUF]


Djibouti

Djibouti workers call for united labour front - 2 big unions should put differences aside 2013-05-23 [Sabahi]
Workers Call for United Labour Front 2013-05-16 [allAfrica]


Egypt

Court to decide on appeals against postponement of Press Syndicate elections 2015-03-03 [Daily News Egypt]
IFJ Welcomes Release on Bail of Al Jazeera Journalists in Egypt 2015-02-13 [IFJ]
Court releases Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed but case not dismissed 2015-02-13 [Radio Australia]


Equatorial Guinea


Eritrea

‘After Lampedusa, everybody was talking about protecting refugees; now we’re talking about how to keep them away’ 2015-01-07 [Equal Times]
Mine company from Canada sued for complicity in torture, forced labour, slavery, and crimes against humanity 2014-11-23 [Geeska Afrika]
Ex-Workers Sue Vancouver Mining Company Over Alleged Human Rights Abuses 2014-11-23 [CP]


Ethiopia

Rising to the top of the footwear industry through Decent Work; IWD 2015 2015-02-28 [ILO]
Booming business, underpaid workers 2014-12-31 [AlJazeera]
Free jailed journalists,allow the exiled journalists to come back and work 2014-10-18 [IFJ]


Gabon

Strike cuts oil output, shutters refinery, says union 2014-12-04 [Business Day]
Oil workers go on strike 2014-12-03 [IOL]
Oil workers strike, petrol queues appear 2014-12-03 [Reuters]


Gambia

Transport Union President Indicted for False Information 2015-02-07 [allAfrica]
Union sets up Ebola preparedness and response programme 2015-02-03 [Education International]
GTAFIWU President Attends ILO-OATUU Workshop in Ghana 2014-11-26 [allAfrica]


Ghana

Pensioners Medical Scheme Identity Card Unveiled 2015-02-26 [GhanaWeb]
Korle Bu Dental Clinic shut down 2015-02-25 [GhanaWeb]
Tension mounts in ARB Apex Bank over workers cash 2015-02-20 [GhanaWeb]


Guinea-Bissau

Workers Union Calls to Go on Strike 2012-05-03 [Prensa Latina]
Workers strike paralyses health sector 2010-03-31 [APA]
Gov’t pay civil servants' arrears 2010-01-14 [Africa News]


Kenya

Kenyan truck driver unions build organising capacity 2015-03-04 [ITF]
ITF calls for dialogue and worker involvement during historic Kenya conference 2015-03-04 [ITF]
One Woman's Quest to Polish Image of Domestic Workers 2015-02-19 [allAfrica]


Lesotho

Is the garment industry an ‘ethical alternative’? 2015-02-26 [Equal Times]
¿Es la industria textil de Lesotho una ‘alternativa ética’? 2015-02-25 [Equal Times]
Union busting attempt suspected at Lesotho Johnson Controls 2015-02-11 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Liberia

Ebola blamed for rise in unemployment in Liberia 2015-02-17 [Liberian Dialogue/ Sierra Leone Times]
Gaawul Consoles LAC Victims 2015-02-10 [allAfrica]
LAC Workers Told To Return To Work Following Tragedy 2015-02-10 [FrontPageAfrica]


Libya

Gunmen kill 12 Libyans and foreign workers at oilfield raid 2015-02-05 [Reuters]
Manila working to free captive oilfield workers in Libya 2015-02-05 [World Bulletin]
5 foreigners among 13 killed in Libya oil field attack: Guard 2015-02-05 [AFP]


Madagascar

Safety first? Another fatality at Rio Tinto 2015-02-05 [IndustriALL Global Union]
The Fight Against Exploitation Of Underage Domestic Workers 2014-10-21 [Reuters]
IndustriALL supports drive to organize, educate and fight back at Rio Tinto 2014-08-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Malawi

More teachers strike for unpaid wages 2015-03-02 [USI]
Newly Recruited Teachers March Against Delayed Salaries 2015-02-18 [Malawi News Agency]
Secondary Teachers Unpaid for Five Months 2015-02-18 [Malawi 24]


Mali

Mine workers postpone strike at AngloGold's mines 2014-03-11 [Mining Weekly]
Mine workers postpone strike at AngloGold's Mali mines 2014-03-10 [Reuters]
2000 miners maintain strike at AngloGold Mali mines 2014-02-13 [Business Report]


Mauritania

Miners on strike over wages 2015-02-25 [The Global Post]
Jailed for denouncing slavery in Mauritania 2015-01-19 [Equal Times]
Clashes erupt after Mauritania anti-slavery activists jailed 2015-01-17 [Middle East Eye]


Mauritius

Sugar Industry Employees & MSPA Found An Agreement 2014-11-30 [Island Crisis News]
Sugar industry strike continues 2014-11-29 [Coast News]
Sugar industry workers strike over pay dispute 2014-11-20 [Reuters]


Morocco

Moroccan trade unionist to speak at MENA Solidarity conference in February 2015-01-18 [MENA Solidarity Network]
Journalist union members reject threats of violence and terrorism 2015-01-16 [Magharebia]
Government introduces unemployment benefits 2015-01-08 [Magharebia]


Mozambique

Kenmare to cut Moma staff 2015-02-18 [Mining Weekly]
Workers On Strike At Indian-Owned Coal Mine 2015-01-17 [All-Africa]
Police Clamp Down On Majermane Marches 2014-12-26 [AIM]


Namibia

Domestics elect gardener to lead union 2015-03-02 [The Namibian]
MANWU and Salini Impreglio Sign Agreement to address OHS Issues 2015-02-27 [BWI]
B&E takes union to court over strike 2015-02-19 [The New Era]


Niger

Oil refinery workers launch four-day strike 2015-02-04 [Reuters]
Workers at oil refinery start 3-day strike 2015-01-29 [Reuters]
Oil Refinery Workers Hold Two-Day Strike Over Pay 2015-01-24 [Bloomberg]


Nigeria

Ekiti varsity lecturers begin strike over unpaid salaries 2015-03-04 [The Tribune]
Strike - FG Settles With Air Transport Workers 2015-03-03 [Daily Trust]
Labour, Lagos At War Over Planned Privatisation of Water Supply 2015-03-03 [Vanguard]


Rwanda

Expedite Approval of New Minimum Wage Law - National Labour Council Says 2015-01-27 [allAfrica]
Struggle for Power Threatens to Tear Apart Workers Union 2015-01-16 [allAfrica]
Over 700 Gatsibo Road Workers Demand Payment 2015-01-01 [The New Times]


Sao Tome and Principe


Senegal

Unions support kidnapped Nigerian girls 2014-08-08 [Education International]
Civil aviation activists build structure to tackle HIV/AIDS 2014-01-30 [ITF news]
Denel staff taken hostage 2013-05-07 [Business Day]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone: miners brace for “catastrophe” 2015-01-29 [Equal Times]
Ebola support staff and members of burial team stage strike 2015-01-26 [Concord Times]
Nurse who contracted Ebola released from hospital 2015-01-26 [The Observer]


Somalia

Solidarity with hotel workers killed in Mogadishu terror attack 2015-02-27 [IUF]
mproving pay and working conditions of informal sector workers in Somalia 2015-01-24 [TUC]
Information Minister condemns brutal killing of freelance journalist in Galkacyo 2014-11-20 [RBC]


South Africa

Samwu not boycotting Cosatu meeting 2015-03-04 [Business Day]
North West COSATU urges members to attend reburial of JB Marks and Moses Kotane 2015-03-04 [Cosatu]
SAMWU Disappointed by SALGA Salary and Wage Proposal 2015-03-04 [Cosatu]


South Sudan

Health workers threaten strike over allowances 2014-09-02 [The Tribune]
Strike, protests in Sudan's capital 2014-08-13 [Radio Dabanga]
The economics of stability in South Sudan 2014-01-08 [Equal Times]


Swaziland

Police intimidation of workers stepped up 2015-03-03 [ITUC]
Cops halt trade union meeting discussing multi-party democracy 2015-03-03 [Swazi Media Commentary]
Another mayhem as TUCOSWA meet fails 2015-03-01 [The Observer]


Sudan

Police Retirees Protest At Sudan's Presidential Palace to Demand Financial Dues 2015-02-16 [Sudan Tribune]
British Society of Authors reacts to closure of Sudanese Writers Union 2015-02-12 [Society of Authors]
Journalist Union leader sued for shaking hands with Israeli Ambassador 2015-01-29 [Sudan Tribune]


Tanzania

Urafiki loses appeal over minimum wages 2015-03-02 [The Daily News]
High Court halts TAZARA workers 3-Day strike 2015-01-26 [Business Week]
Ministry unaware of meeting with TAZARA employees 2015-01-23 [The Daily News]


Togo

Govt locks up all schools after students protest to support striking teachers 2015-02-19 [Pulse]
Government shuts schools after student protests, workers' strike threat 2015-02-18 [The Mail]
ITF women act on HIV 2014-03-14 [ITF news]


Tunisia

Teachers strike this week 2015-03-04 [USI]
Tax suspension, teacher strike test reform agenda 2015-03-03 [Reuters]
Ways to Foster Co-Operation Between Ministry of Employment and ILO Discussed 2015-02-28 [TAP]


Uganda

Perspectives: Life of a Trade Union Leader 2015-03-03 [Law at the Margins]
Critics Decry Brain Drain in Uganda Healthcare Sector 2015-02-10 [VoA]
Alupo writes to Museveni over teachers' demands 2015-02-09 [New Vision]


Western Sahara

NEHAWU condemns Morocco’s refusal to implement referendum in Western Sahara 2013-12-11 [Sahara Press Service]
Release political prisoners in Africa’s last colony 2013-10-25 [Kenworthy News Media]
Release Sidahmed Lemjayed and all other political prisoners in Africa's last colony 2013-10-24 [Africa Contact]


Zambia

Bail Out Times of Zambia, Zuj Urges Govt 2015-02-26 [The Times]
Miners end strike at Barrick copper mine 2015-02-26 [Steel Guru]
Government Streamlines Mine-Tax Refunds as Lungu Vows to Guard Jobs 2015-02-24 [Bloomberg]


Zimbabwe

Workers wores set to worsen 2015-02-28 [Zimbabwe Independent]
Unions warn of unrest over 3% wage offer 2015-02-26 [The Independent]
Workers' Unions Blast Zesa 2015-02-26 [allAfrica]
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