African Trade Union Leaders deliberate on issues confronting Africa in a Regional Trade Union Conference in Nairobi, Kenya from 12 - 14 February 2014

Mots Clés : Changement Climatique & Environnement Droits humains & syndicaux Protection Sociale pour Tous Transformation Structurelle pour le Développement de l’Afrique

Over 60 trade union delegates from around Africa are meeting from 12 - 14 February under the initiative of the ILO Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV) and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions in a three day Regional Conference under the theme : Global Development Agenda, Decent Work and Social Justice : Challenges for African Trade Union Movement.
The host organization of this conference is the Central Organization of Trade Unions (Kenya).

The conference comes at a time where the world is undergoing very difficult times. With very unstable economic projections, there is still not enough jobs being created, which leaves enough young persons out of work. According to the Director of ACTRAV, Maria Helena Andre in her remarks during the opening of the conference this morning, ’the working class is greatly affected by an economy that is based too much on informality, discrimination against women, migrant workers, young people and people with disabilities. This is coupled with a rise in corruption the world over.’ In her view, trade unions are not deemed to accepting this situation.There is therefore the need for trade unions to shape the development agenda based on high quality democracy, which in turn needs to be based on high level institutions.

In the view of the General Secretary of ITUC-Africa, Kwasi Adu-Amankwah, the paradox of the African continent - a very wealthy continent, yet the most impoverished with high levels of inequality certainly calls for a time of self reflection and indeed a time for constructive thinking on ways to combat the huge injustice in Africa. In his opinion, the meeting is a golden opportunity for trade unions to evaluate their historical past and determine the future of the labour movement. For him, the challenge for unions today is the need to rise up as the real force of influence and power that trade unions exerted during the pre independence era in Africa.

Among the themes to be discussed during the three days are :

 Organizing for union renewal in Africa
 Addressing the violations of trade union rights in Africa and beyond
 The politics of natural resources, trade and industrial policy in Africa
 The role of trade unions in the post-2015 development agenda
 Empowering Africa’s peoples with Decent Work
 The labor movement response to HIV and AIDS : challenges and opportunities
 Towards a new era for social justice in Africa
 Governance of labor migration and the protection of migrant workers
 Trade unions unification processes on the continent

The delegates of the conference include trade union leaders from fifty two African countries. Also present are the Regional Trade Union Organizations, ITUC-Africa and OATUU, the Sub Regional Organizations, EATUC and SATUCC as well as a notable number of observers and friends from the Global Union federations, the Employers Association and friends from the Norwegian Confederation of Trade unions.

Condoleances en PDF

Documents & Media Associés


Télécharger les Fichiers


Ecouter les Fichiers Audio


Cliquer pour agrandir et parcourir



L’outil TUDEP est un instrument d’apprentissage qui vise à soutenir les acteurs syndicaux du (...)


Ce dépliant vise à présenter aux syndicalistes le Programme 2030, en mettant l’accent sur les (...)


La présente note d’orientation présente le cadre COS ; elle passe en revue les étapes (...)