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OATUU organises information meeting on sidelines of 112th ILC session

The Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) held an information meeting on 8th June, 2024 at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This coordination meeting saw the participation of approximately 160 African workers’ delegates, who gathered to discuss pertinent issues and strategise on collective actions moving forward.

The meeting commenced with opening remarks and a warm welcome to the delegates. OATUU President, Dr. Francis Atwoli presented the aim of the meeting and gave a brief presentation on the activities of the 112th International Labour Conference (ILC) session. He addressed the current situation and new challenges facing Africa, setting the stage for a robust discussion on the continent’s labor landscape.

Following Dr. Atwoli, OATUU Secretary-General, Mr. Arezki Mezhoud provided a summary of OATUU’s activities since the 12th Congress. He reminded attendees of the organisation’s core principles and values, urging the new generation to uphold this heritage and continue the fight in alignment with these ideals. Mr. Mezhoud emphasized the importance of African solidarity with global struggles, particularly highlighting the Palestinian cause and the need to stand with the people of Gaza under the Zionist army’s fire.

During their interventions, participants raised a variety of critical issues including freedom of association, climate change, social justice, security, and peace in Africa. They also discussed action perspectives and strategies for addressing these challenges. A significant part of the meeting focused on the upcoming elections for the members of the ILO Governing Body, scheduled for June 10th. Delegates expressed their support for African workers’ candidates and allies of OATUU globally.

The meeting concluded with a motion of support for Palestine, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Libya. The delegates committed to continuing their support for OATUU as a Pan-African and historical trade union, reaffirming their dedication to the organization’s mission and collective struggle for the rights and welfare of African workers.