8th Session of Labour and Social Affairs Commission of the African Union

Press release | 22 April 2011

Yaounde, 15 april 2011 (ACTRAV INFO)-The Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) and a number of African regional trade union organizations took part in the 8th Ordinary Session of the Labour and Social Affairs Commission (LASC) of the African Union (AU) held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 11-15 April 2011.The meeting’s theme was Promoting Employment for Social Cohesion and Inclusive Growth.

At the opening session, chaired by Cameroon’s Prime Minister, the Secretary-General of the Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), Hassan Sunmonu, placed the emphasis on topics close to the workers’ hearts, such as democracy, people’s participation, governance, socio-economic justice, respect for human and trade union rights, and social dialogue. On behalf of his fellow workers, the OATUU Secretary General emphasized the need for African governments to prioritize employment, notably for young people, and to make budgetary provisions for this. He went on to express his regret over the proliferation of trade union organizations in Africa, and particularly in Cameroon.

During the working sessions, the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) presented its report on the repeated violations of freedom of association in many countries, with particular emphasis on the violent repression of marches and arrests of trade unionists that took place in Swaziland while the LASC was in session.

It should be noted that the Labour and Social Affairs Commission (LASC) is the African Union’s only tripartite commission.

For more informations, contact:

Rawane MBAYE
Specialist in workers’activities
Desk Officer for Africa
Tel : +41 22 799 7616
Email : mbaye[at]ilo[dot]org