Abidjan: Training on trade union unity in French-speaking Africa

The General Secretaries of a number of African trade union organizations took part in a training seminar on the unity of the trade union movement in French-speaking Africa, held in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire from 29 March to 1 April 2012.

Press release | Abidjan,Côte d'Ivoire | 02 April 2012

Abidjan, 1st April 2012 (ACTRAV INFO)- The General Secretaries of a number of African trade union organizations took part in a training seminar on the unity of the trade union movement in French-speaking Africa, held in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire from 29 March to 1 April 2012.

The aim of the seminar was to bring together the region's trade union leaders so that they could work towards inter-unionism, as a means of strengthening the unity of the trade union movement. During the seminar, the participants identified the causes of the multiplication of trade union organizations on the African continent, notably a lack or deficit of training for trade union leaders on trade union culture, a misinterpretation of Convention No.87 and, often, an internal democracy deficit together with personal ambitions.

The seminar ended with recommendations for strengthening the trade union movement in the region. The solutions proposed by the General Secretaries of the trade union organizations are the establishment of representativity mechanisms and the drawing up of a charter of trade union and democratic values, as well as a better interpretation of labour codes in order to avoid any confusion about the application of international labour standards, particularly Convention No.87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise.

The seminar was organized by the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) in cooperation with the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) and the Quebec Workers' Federation (FTQ).

For more information, contact:

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