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African unions demand strong labour provisions in AfCFTA 

31 January, 2023Unions want labour provisions to be included in the next phases of negotiations of the African Continental Free Trade Areas (AfCFTA). This demand comes from IndustriALL affiliates in Kenya, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory coast, Lesotho, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe who were present at a trade and industrial policy conference, in November last year in Ghana.

Battery manufacturing pact stimulant for decent jobs in Africa

26 January, 2023IndustriALL Global Union affiliated unions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia welcome the memorandum of understanding between their governments and the United States of America (US) on the creation of an electric vehicle value chain in the two countries. 

Unions welcome revival of IndustriALL’s campaign against Glencore

31 October, 2022IndustriALL Democratic Republic of the Congo council discussed Glencore’s broken promises to mineworkers at a meeting on 21 October. According to IndustriALL affiliates, Glencore has made no efforts to improve working conditions at its mining operations in the country. 

Tunis declaration calls for inclusion of labour provisions in the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement

29 September, 2022The Tunis declaration, adopted on 27 September by trade unions from 39 African countries stresses the inclusion of labour provisions in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement to ensure compliance with international labour standards and the decent work agenda.

Conference discusses feminist ideas on building union power in Africa

18 August, 2022Why is it important for trade unions in Sub Saharan Africa to adopt feminist approaches to their campaigns and activities? A regional conference in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 17-18 August, discussed some possible strategies for gender integration and gender equity and equality in trade union activities using feminist ideas.

South African metalworkers conference discusses bargaining strategies in a changing world of work

20 April, 2022National bargaining conferences provide union negotiators and shop stewards a chance to analyze and shape strategies for negotiations. For the metalworkers, they are also training and knowledge sharing events for experienced negotiators and shop stewards who will be going into the important union task of collective bargaining for the first time.

Women mine workers share traumatic experiences on sexual harassment

7 April, 2022Gender based violence and sexual harassment continues to be prevalent in the mining sector in Sub Saharan Africa, according to testimonies by some of the 30 participants at a training workshop in Johannesburg 5-6 April.

Zimbabwe energy workers in stayaway over poverty wages

24 February, 2022Zimbabwean energy workers have written to their employer, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), stating that they are no longer able to report for work because of poverty wages.

Unions call for policy intervention to save jobs at South African oil and gas refineries

17 February, 2022With several oil and gas refineries closing and further closures planned, unions are calling on the South African government to intervene to save jobs.

Unions and civil society organizations reject Togo’s repressive draft constitutional law

1 February, 2022Unions and civil society organizations in Togo are objecting to draft constitutional amendments whose provisions violate workers’ and human rights that are protected by current laws. They say the amendments are “liberticidal” as they will strangle freedom of association.