Lomé: Seminar on Freedom of Association and the Challenges to the Unity of the Trade Union Movement in French-speaking Africa.

Press release | 06 May 2011

Lomé, 6 May 2011 (ACTRAV INFO) – On 3-6 May, the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) held a seminar in Lomé on “freedom of association and the challenges to the unity of the trade union movement in French-speaking Africa”.

Held jointly with ITUC-Africa and the Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), the seminar was part of the dissemination of a study on trade union pluralism and the proliferation of trade unions in French-speaking Africa. The study was commissioned by ACTRAV in 2008, with the aim of promoting trade union unity in French-speaking Africa through the adoption of new strategies for organizing and defending the workers’ interests, while taking account of the differences existing among countries.

Accompanied by ACTRAV Director Dan Cunniah, the Department’s African regional coordinator, Rawane Mbaye emphasized that the aim is to facilitate a rapprochement among trade union organizations in the participating countries.

“If we look at what is being achieved following the October 2009, in the countries that took part in it, there is good reason to hope that this second seminar will bear fruit, thanks to the commitment of the participants who backed the 2009 Lomé Appeal,” says ACTRAV’s African regional coordinator Rawane Mbaye. “The participants have promised that, once back in their countries, they will engage in a national process of rapprochement among their respective trade union organizations and will go even further by approaching the other trade union organizations that did not take part in the seminar.”

The seminar, which brought together eleven French-speaking African countries, followed up on a meeting held in Lomé in October 2009, in cooperation with ITUC-Africa and the OATUU.

For more information, contact:

Rawane MBAYE
Specialist in workers’activities
Desk Officer for Africa
Tel : +41 22 799 7616
Email : mbaye[at]ilo[dot]org