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REPORT: The African Continental Free Trade Area – will it promote fair trade, economic development and decent work?

21 November, 2019On a continent with high unemployment, where most of the working-age population of 705 million people work in the informal sector, do claims that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will create decent jobs stand up to scrutiny?

Focus on industrialization in Africa

18 November, 2019IndustriALL’s African affiliates are raising their voices for Africa Industrialization Week, 18-22 November, demanding industrialization for economic development and decent work.

Workers education conference discusses revival of textile and garment sector in Nigeria

5 November, 2019Over 400 participants from the cotton, textile and garment industries including self-employed tailors and garment makers met in Abuja, 29-31 October, under the theme: Labour and industry in the next level. 

Unions can shape the future of work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

1 November, 2019Pro-active trade unions can shape and influence the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the digital economy, said a panel of unionists from Germany and South Africa at a Global Labour University  (GLU) conference in Johannesburg on 31 October.

Agreements unite formal and informal metal workers in Kenya

30 October, 2019To effectively unite, recruit and organize informal metal workers, the Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers (AUKMW) and other unions have signed agreements with the Ambira Jua Kali Artisans Association and the Migingo Self Help Group Association.

Workers’ Rights Act amendments a victory for Mauritius unions

24 October, 2019On 4 October the Mauritius government agreed to the Workers’ Rights Act (2019) which will improve conditions on hours of work, shift work, vacation leave and for precarious workers in non-standard work. 

Campaign to stop gender-based violence kicks off at South African factory

22 October, 2019Dozens of workers, community members, non-governmental organizations, police and other government departments, gathered at chemical manufacturer Johnson Matthey's (JM) factory in Germiston, Johannesburg, on 19 October, to campaign against gender-based violence and femicide, which has reached alarming levels in South Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa sets ambitious union agenda

16 October, 2019More than 200 trade unionists from 40 countries attended the Sub Saharan Africa regional conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 10-11 October to reconstitute the regional executive committee and endorse a series of action plans.

Unions intensify campaign for African industrialization

15 October, 2019More than 200 union leaders re-affirmed their determination to campaign for the industrialization of the continent at IndustriALL Global Union’s Africa Industrialization Conference on 9 October in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The event was supported by International Labour Organization (ILO) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

African women rise for gender equality

11 October, 2019African women, rise! This was the slogan of the IndustriALL Global Union Sub Saharan Africa women's regional executive, which met on 10 October in in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The meeting brings together women union leaders from across the subcontinent.