One year after the General Autonomous Confederation for Algerian Workers (Confédération Générale Autonome des Travailleurs Algériens, CGATA), submitted a registration application to the government, the national federation of autonomous unions still is waiting for its application to be confirmed. According to Algerian law, CGATA should have been granted full legal status within 30 days.
The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) is campaigning in support of CGATA and calling for activists around the world to send a message to the Algerian Labor Minister and other government officials: Register CGATA without delay and stop violating the human rights of Algerian workers. The message is in French, followed by English.
“Workers in Algeria are stymied at every turn when they try to form independent unions and act collectively,” according to a recent Human Rights Watch report. “The government punishes peaceful protesters and strikers, including with retaliatory suspensions or dismissals from public service jobs, and arbitrarily arrests and prosecutes union activists on politically motivated charges.”