African trade unions urge government action on fair recruitment as cases of migrant labour exploitation in the Gulf increase

A study from the organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC–Africa), the umbrella body of all Trade Unions in Africa, found workers had experienced a range of abuses including unscrupulous recruitment agencies and fees, a lack of "decent wages" and an inability to access justice. As rising unemployment sees an increase in migration across Africa to the Gulf countries for work, allegations of labour abuse against African migrant workers have also become more frequent.

In response, in June 2019 African trade unions launched a campaign across ten countries to highlight abuses against Africans in Gulf states. At a protest outside the UAE embassy in Abuja, workers handed over a letter with a list of demands to improve living and working conditions and to protect workers "from abuses and exploitations of crooked entrepreneurs and employment agencies and traffickers".

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12 June 2019

Labour Protests At UAE Embassy, Demands Respect For African Migrant Workers In Gulf States

Author: Chinwe Madugba, Leadership (Nigeria)

During a rally at the UAE embassy in Abuja [workers] condemned the maltreatment and abuses of Nigerians and other African labour migrants to the United Arab Emirates... the workers called for a halt or the genuine reform of the Khafala sponsorship system being practiced in Gulf states... [the protest letter] demanded among other things, decent wages and working conditions for African migrants, especially domestic workers; access to justice where the rights of migrants have been violated; enjoyment of labour rights, including right to freedom of association... “The objective is to ensure that the United Arab Emirates better guarantee rights to migrant workers in General, and Africans in particular, better living and working conditions, protecting them from abuses and exploitations of crooked entrepreneurs and employment agencies and traffickers," [it read].

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10 June 2019

Labour to hold awareness rally against abuses of African migrant workers

Author: Michael Oche, Leadership (Nigeria)

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the National Trade Union Network on Migration, will on Tuesday hold a rally to protest the violation of African migrant workers rights in GCC states... [NLC Chairperson Abubakar Yakubu and NLC officer on Migration Eustace James stated] "the rally is to draw attention to the inhuman treatment of Nigerian and other African migrants in the GCC States... [and] campaign against maltreatment and abuses of Nigerian and other African labour migrants to the GCC States, and Protection of Migrant Workers Human and Workers' Rights,"... [The ITUC said] the first phase of the campaign... will simultaneously take place in ten African countries.

the first phase of the campaign to end the abuse of rights of migrant workers will simultaneously take place in ten African countries.

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The The FCT council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the National Trade Union Network on Migration, will on Tuesday hold a rally to protest the violation of African migrant workers rights in GCC states. According to a statement by the Chairperson NLC FCT Council Com. Abubakar Yakubu and the NLC desk officer on Migration Eustace James, the rally will create awareness on the protection of the human and labour rights of migrant workers and their families.

Read More at: https://leadership.ng/2019/06/07/labour-to-hold-awareness-rally-against-abuses-of-african-migrant-workers/

The FCT council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the National Trade Union Network on Migration, will on Tuesday hold a rally to protest the violation of African migrant workers rights in GCC states. According to a statement by the Chairperson NLC FCT Council Com. Abubakar Yakubu and the NLC desk officer on Migration Eustace James, the rally will create awareness on the protection of the human and labour rights of migrant workers and their families.

Read More at: https://leadership.ng/2019/06/07/labour-to-hold-awareness-rally-against-abuses-of-african-migrant-workers/

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7 June 2019

Rising Concern Over Abuse of African Migrant Workers in Gulf States

Author: Michael Oche, Leadership (Nigeria)

Rising unemployment across Africa, continues to encourage African workers to migrate to other parts of the world in a quest for better life. With Europe making entry for migrants difficult, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are becoming the next destination... Investigations revealed that recruitment agencies in Africa, after collecting exorbitant fees and charges from potential migrants, feed them with false promises that fuel their desperation... Domestic services sector appear to engage most of the migrant workers while sectors such as construction and security are also notable areas... African Trade Unions are tasking leaders within the continent to show more commitment in the task of promoting fair recruitment. 

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