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Fighting for African industrialization

25 November, 2021Countless strategies to industrialize Africa have been adopted; from the African Union’s Agenda 2063, Accelerated Industrial Development for Africa strategies and the African Mining Vision at continental level to national industrial policies. Yet the take-off is not happening, while the obstacles are well documented.

Covid-19 vaccination hesitancy comes under the spotlight at Sub Saharan Africa occupational health and safety meeting

11 November, 2021With the African continent being the lowest in terms of Covid-19 vaccinated populations globally, the countries are also facing increased vaccine hesitancy with the few available doses having no takers in some countries, say trade unions from Sub Saharan Africa who are affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union.

South African mine workers union commits to recruitment and better service to members

28 October, 2021At a policy conference in East London, 26-27 October, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), resolved that it will go back to the basics on recruitment, organizing, and servicing of its members in the construction, energy, metals, and mining sectors.

Unions campaign for recognition at Chinese-owned textile and garment factories in Uganda

14 October, 2021After recruiting and organizing most of the workers in the Chinese-owned textile and garment factories in Mbalala Mukono, the Uganda Textile Garment Leather and Allied Workers Union (UTGLAWU) is shocked by the continued refusal by the employers to recognize the union, in violation of Uganda labour law.

Zimbabwean unions campaign against Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy

2 September, 2021Seven IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Zimbabwe are embarking on a campaign to encourage workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 amid hesitancy caused by anti-vaccination messages on social media and other platforms.

Sierra Leone ratification of ILO instruments is opportunity to transform industrial relations, says union

2 September, 2021IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Artisans, Services and General Employees Union (ASGEmU), says the ratification of nine International Labour Organization (ILO) instruments by Sierra Leone is an opportunity to transform industrial relations and promote decent work in the country.

Tanzanian union addresses gender-based violence in textile and garment factories

29 July, 2021A few months ago, when shop stewards from the IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Tanzania Union of Industrial and Commercial Workers (TUICO), visited the Sunflag Tanzania textile and garment factories, they were shocked by the cases they heard from workers of gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH).

Kenya unions support proposals for unemployment insurance fund

22 July, 2021IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Kenya, which organize in the textile and garment, engineering and auto manufacturing, oil and gas, and other manufacturing sectors, welcome proposals by the government to set up an unemployment insurance fund for retrenched workers or those who resign on medical grounds.

South African unions condemn unrest, violence, and looting

15 July, 2021IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in South Africa condemn the violence and unrest that has broken out in the country.

Union-run clinics in South African garment sector certified for Covid-19 vaccination

8 July, 2021Industrial primary health care clinics in the garment sector, run by IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) and some employers, are now certified by the department of health to carry out Covid-19 vaccinations.