International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC, African region, has described Africa as the worst continent for trade labour relations, apparently due to the peculiar fundamental challenges in the continent.
Deputy president, ITUC-Africa, Mr. Kassahun Follo who made the remark at a two-day meeting with other officials of the congress in Abuja yesterday, decried the increase in labour disputes in some African countries as a result of inability of the governments to fulfil labour promises.
They said that the meeting was expected to proffer lasting solution for a visible development of African workers, so as to discourage the modern slavery of willing migrating African youths to Europe and other parts of the world in search of greener pasture.
“The developmental change that is obtained in China is what is expected in Africa. China doesn’t practise democracy but they are one of the world powers. Ethiopia is another good example in Africa. Development must be home grown and not from the colonial masters. The economy of Africa must empower its citizens and not otherwise,” he said.
He expressed hope that the meeting would provide a platform for the delegates to discuss ongoing campaigns on Tax Justice Issues, safety and security at the workplace in relation to growing violence from terrorism and civil conflicts, as well as migration.
The gathering of the African labour leaders, as a part of a follow up to the 2015 International Labour Conference, is expected to discuss easy ways to achieve the resolutions reached at the level of African trade unions.
On his side, ITUC director, Mamaduo Diallo demanded economic liberation of the continent, thus harnessing the theme of the conference, ‘Financing Africa’s Structural Transformation, Moving Africa’s Working People and their Commitment to a Culture of Respect for Civil Liberties, Peace and Shared Prosperity.’
NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba in his welcome speech expressed optimism that the meeting would proffer solution to the contemporary challenges confronting Africa, especially labour related ones.
The objectives of the meeting include discussing issues of insecurity in Africa, migration challenges, state of human and trade union rights in African countries, especially in Swaziland where the state has continued to attack trade unions and their officials.

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