African Growth and Opportunity Act

‘The Key to Development in Africa Is Empowering Women’

Up to 80 percent of workers across Africa labor in the informal economy, many as street vendors, taxi drivers and domestic workers. With few legal rights, most informal-sector workers make low wages and have no health care or other social protections. Because women comprise the vast majority of workers in the informal economy, they are… [READ MORE]

Mugalla: Trade Agreements Must Ensure Worker Rights

Meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, 40 African trade union leaders highlighted creation of good jobs, social protections and freedom to form unions as essential for Africa’s development. One way to do so is to make the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) work for working people. AGOA must have strong labor clauses “to ensure… [READ MORE]

Swazi Government Threatens Worker, Human Rights Leaders

The Solidarity Center joins the global labor movement and human rights community in condemning the death threat made by the Swazi prime minister against two worker and human rights leaders who traveled to the U.S.-Africa summit this week. Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, prime minister of Swaziland, told the Times of Swaziland that Vincent Ncongwane, secretary general of… [READ MORE]

Decent Work High on Agenda for Africa Union Leaders’ U.S. Meeting

Nearly 40 trade union leaders from Africa are meeting in Washington, D.C., over coming days for a series of events to highlight the concerns and needs of working people throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The meetings parallel the August 4-6 White House Summit for African heads of state, with union leaders seeking to influence public debate and hold… [READ MORE]

African Trade Unions and Africa’s Future: Strategic Choices

The rapid economic growth of many African countries is not translating into good jobs or worker rights, especially for women, and worker organizations, governments and business must be more proactive in expanding employment and improving wages and social protections, according to a new Solidarity Center report. “African Trade Unions and Africa’s Future: Strategic Choices in a… [READ MORE]