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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

Independent energy union under fierce government attack in Algeria ActNOW! 2017-12-21 [IUF Global Union]
Support the struggle for free independent democratic unions in Algeria ActNOW! 2017-12-20 [LabourStart]
Support Algerian union under government attack! ActNOW! 2017-12-20 [IndustriALL Global Union]


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

Public sector workers strike in Benin over right to strike 2018-01-18 [News24]
For U.S.$6 a Month, Child Trafficking Nearly Halted in Benin Hotspot 2017-12-24 [Reuters]
Health sector unions call off two-month strike 2017-11-05 [The Mail]


Botswana

Manual workers union likely to amend constitution 2017-12-13 [Mmegi]
Manual Workers’ Union Defrauded of P700,000 2017-10-17 [The Monitor]
BMWU irked as BCL demands housing rental 2017-08-04 [Mmegi]


Burkina Faso

Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso summons Libyan ambassador over slavery claims 2017-11-22 [Libyan Express]
United education union front for a better teacher status 2017-10-24 [Education International]
Burkina road strike wins action on worker concerns 2017-02-14 [iTF]


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

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]
After 35 years of abuses of power, youth in Cameroon want to make their voices heard 2017-07-28 [equal times]


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

Ivory Coast: Continued fight for workers’ rights in the oil sector 2017-12-19 [IndustriALL]
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]


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

Release of activist Mahienour el-Massry a rare moment of justice 2018-01-17 [Amnesty]
More Prison Sentences, Fines Against Egypt’s Prominent Activists, Lawyers 2018-01-04 [Egyptian Streets]
'Factory of tomorrow’: Egypt aims to replace Far East as cheap clothing king 2017-12-25 [Middle East Eye ]


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

Park life: workers struggle to make ends meet at Ethiopia's $250m industrial zone 2017-12-07 [Guardian ]
Ethiopia: Union recruits in industrial parks 2017-12-06 [IndustriALL]
Unions prioritise women workers' rights in Ethiopia 2017-12-03 [Just Style]


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

67 construction workers sacked 2017-12-13 [Foroyaa ]
Gambia: Jammeh’s victims begin the long road to justice and healing 2017-11-14 [Equal Times]
Gambia: Jammeh’s victims begin the long road to justice and healing 2017-11-14 [equal times]


Ghana

Industrial and Commercial Workers Union gets tough on enforcing daily minimum wage 2018-01-13 [Ghanaweb]
TV licence: GBC plans to deduct levies from public workers salaries at source 2018-01-08 [Ghanaweb]
WAMCO workers in limbo as company shuts down 2018-01-08 [Ghanaweb]


Guinea-Bissau

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


Kenya

Cotu urges government to intervene and lower fuel prices 2018-01-15 [The Daily Nation]
Ensuring Access to Justice for Workers in Forced Labor 2018-01-11 [Solidarity Center]
Workers’ strike halts Chinese railway project 2018-01-06 [GCR]


Lesotho

Lehakoe catering company workers lose jobs 2018-01-10 [Lesotho Times]
Taxi operators appeal to Thabane 2017-12-30 [Lesotho Times]
Union keeps up wage demands 2017-08-15 [IndustriALL]


Liberia

Health Workers Craves For Improved Health sector 2018-01-12 [GNN]
LBS Workers Union Elects New Leaders Tomorrow 2017-12-20 [The Observer]
Workers get out the vote, monitor elections 2017-10-20 [Solidarity Center]


Libya

Three oil workers died in hydrogen sulfide leak 2017-12-28 [Libya Observer]
Three workers die in gas accident at Libyan oilfield: source 2017-12-25 [Reuters]
Amnesty accuses EU of pushing Libya 'slave trade' 2017-12-13 [IOL/Reuters]


Madagascar

Civil servants threaten strike in January 2017-12-31 [Punch]
Government workers threaten strike after payroll error 2017-12-31 [Africa Review]
Workers threaten strike over pay 2017-12-30 [Punch]


Malawi

Barbaric Acts: MCTU to Report Malawi Govt to ILO in Geneva 2017-09-27 [Nyasa Times]
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]


Mali

Bank and insurance workers launch 3-day strike 2017-08-23 [Reuters]
Health workers end month-long strike in Mali 2017-04-17 [news24]
Mali doctors strike paralyses hospitals 2017-03-17 [malaysiasun]


Mauritania

Teacher unions united in call to save the national education system 2017-11-28 [Education International]
West African state Mauritania says US anti-slavery visit 'illegal' 2017-09-12 [News24]
Failng to eradicate slavery and forced labour 2017-07-06 [Equal Times]


Mauritius

Minimum wage win for unions in Mauritius 2017-12-13 [IndustriALL]
Cleaners in Mauritius gain hard-earned victory 2017-11-03 [IndustriALL]
A victory against casualization of labour after 10 days of Hunger strike 2017-10-31 [BWI]


Morocco

Moroccan unions to march to demand oil refinery reopens 2017-10-26 [IndustriALL]
In face of mass protests over killing of fishmonger the limits of democratization exposed 2017-10-18 [Atlantic Council]
Trial of seven accused of allegedly promoting independent journalism postponed 2017-10-13 [Middle East Eye]


Mozambique

Trade Unions Warn Against Wage Freeze 2017-11-23 [allAfrica]
Ematum Workers On Strike 2017-11-23 [AIM]
Head of Employers' Confederation Calls for Wage Freeze 2017-11-23 [AIM]


Namibia

Namibia: Union protest sloppy safety standards at Skorpion Zinc mine 2018-01-15 [IndustriALL]
Skorpion Zinc mine workers stage safety protest 2018-01-08 [Steel Guru]
Labour Ministry Urged to Address Workplace Discrimination 2017-12-02 [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

‘Ordering workers to report to work by debtor states highly unreasonable’ 2018-01-14 [The Guardian]
NLC wants El-rufai’s aide prosecute for thuggery 2018-01-14 [The Nation]
Kaduna teachers’ sack: pro-government protesters are sponsored thugs – NLC 2018-01-14 [The Daily Post]


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

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]
The Australian mining project threatening homes, livelihoods and political stability in southern Senegal 2017-11-10 [equal times]


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

IFJ expresses concerns over the escalation of attacks on media freedom in Somalia 2018-01-12 [IFJ]
Journalist killed by car bomb 2017-12-13 [IFJ]
FESTU Calls ILO Conclusions On Somalia False and Misleading and Urges ILO to Be Fair On Festu Case 2017-11-29 [Dalsan Radio]


South Africa

Western Cape PRASA, UNTU in talks to reopen Central Line 2018-01-17 [Engineering News]
Transnet digs heels in over revised wage offer 2018-01-17 [Engineering News]
Northern Cape Grade 8 pupil accused of killing teacher over failure 2018-01-17 [The Star]


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

SRA workers suspend strike, back to work 2018-01-14 [The Observer]
Court stops Swaziland Building Society strike 2018-01-10 [Times of Swaziland]
SRAWU leadership Facebook comments have infuriated the management of the Swaziland Revenue Authority 2018-01-03 [The Times]


Sudan

A view from the 1950’s into Sudan’s leading women’s activist 2017-08-25 [Al-Arabiya]
Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim emancipation as a craft 2017-08-25 [Sudan Tribune ]
Education Sector Threatens With Strike 2017-08-19 [Radio Dabanga]


Tanzania

TAZARA suspends train services over striking Zambian employees 2017-12-12 [Xinhua]
VIDEO: Women workers in Zambia and Tanzania pledge to fight violence 2017-12-10 [IndustriALL]
Missing journalist caps off tough year for press freedom in Tanzania 2017-12-09 [DW]


Togo

Education trade unions join forces to improve teachers' living and working conditions 2017-11-25 [Education International]
Journalists, editors face insults and death threats 2017-09-01 [IFJ]
PPPs and the Right to Health: PSI French-speaking Africa Affiliates Call for People over Profit 2017-02-20 [PSI]


Tunisia

Fresh protests on anniversary of Arab Spring uprising 2018-01-15 [Deutsche Welle]
Tensions, protests mark Tunisia’s 7th revolutionary anniversary 2017-12-24 [The New Arab]
Nobel prize-winning trade unions are holding the country back 2017-12-15 [The Economist]


Uganda

Starting over in in the “most refugee-friendly country in the world” 2017-12-18 [Equal Times]
Does Uganda’s ‘open door’ policy on refugees set an example for the rest of the world? 2017-12-18 [Equal Times]
Prisoners' to Get Pay Rise for Labour 2017-12-13 [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

Government must act to mitigate lost learning time due to cholera outbreak 2018-01-15 [Education International]
NAPSA sues farmers union over workers’ contributions 2018-01-10 [The Daily Mail]
ZCTU urges affiliates to reject Nkandu Luo’s proposal to remove unions 2018-01-03 [Lusaka Times]


Zimbabwe

City workers rap Manyenyeni 2018-01-06 [The Herald]
Karoi mine workers down tools over 13-month salary arrears 2018-01-01 [Newsday]
Union bemoans abuse of farm workers 2017-12-31 [Zimbabwe Standard]
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