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African Unions Champion Worker Rights at AGOA Forum

Meeting in Togo for the annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum this month, nearly 20 leaders from key African trade unions joined forces to advance the creation of good jobs and safe workplaces through fair trade. The forum “is a venue for workers to have their voices heard by officials and politicians all… [READ MORE]

Renew African Growth Act, but Protect Worker Rights

As the Senate takes up reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), passed in 2000, the bill should include provisions strengthening worker rights, human rights and mandating resource transparency, says Cathy Feingold, director of the AFL-CIO International Department. Testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy last week, Feingold said… [READ MORE]

Citing ‘Democracy,’ Swazi Police Break up Union Meeting

Accusing workers of discussing democracy, Swazi police broke up a national union meeting over the weekend in Manzini, according to Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) Secretary-General Vincent Ncongwane. “The police said they would crush our meeting if we do not remove any discussion on multiparty democracy because according to the police, and their supervisors,… [READ MORE]

‘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]

Decent Work Means Employment and Rights on the Job

During this week’s U.S.-Africa Summit with heads of state in Washington, D.C., more than 40 African trade union leaders took part in parallel meetings to call on U.S. and African leaders to adopt a decent work agenda for trade and economic growth. In interview with RadioLabour, Kwasi Adu-Amankwah, general-secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation-Africa,… [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]