Supporting trade union action on economic issues to make decent work a reality in Africa’: such is the title of an international trade union cooperation project initiated by ITUC-Africa in collaboration with two French trade union centres, namely CFDT (Confederation Française Democratique du Travail) and CGT (Confederation Generale du Travail), and co-financed by AFD (French Development Agency).
The project is part of the unity process trade unions are driving to end the proliferation of trade unions and the fragmentation of the trade union movement on the African continent. Fragmentation prevents an adequate involvement of trade unions in the decisions concerning economic and social development and doers not facilitate their actions in the process of social dialogue. This project involves 25 trade union organizations in 7 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo). It will last two years (from September 2012 to September 2014). It is intended to build the capacity of trade unions involved in economic and social policy analysis and to enable them become influential actors in the planning and implementation of economic and social policies.
The following activities will help achieve this ambition:
1. The establishment of trade union analysis and research committees (CARES);
2. Fourteen national training seminars will be held for trade union experts;
3. Reports and contributions will be produced;
4. A regional seminar will be held to establish a network of national CARES;
5. Campaigns will be organised;
6. For a will be held.
The expected results of this project include:
Debate and ownership of the work done by the economic and social analysis teams;
A dynamic inter-union collaborative work on economic and social issues;
Consolidated networking among trade unions in the West African sub-region;
Economic and social demands of trade unions will be put across to public authorities at national and sub-regional level.