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OATUU Secretary-General pays visit to National Trade Union Centre of Mauritania

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The Secretary-General of The Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), Mr Arezki Mezhoud, has paid a working visit to the Union of Mauritanian Workers (UTM) where he met with the leadership of the national centre. The meeting provided both parties with the opportunity to exchange ideas on the current situation of the trade union movement in Mauritania and in Africa.

During this meeting, Mr Mezhoud thanked the leadership of the union headed by Mr El Kori Ould Abdel Mola, for the invitation and the interest shown in the pursuit of solidarity and cooperation with the African trade union movement.

Mr Mezhoud also had the opportunity to visit the main trade union centres in Mauritania, specifically, the General Confederation of Mauritanian Workers (CGTM), the Free Confederation of Mauritanian Workers (CLTM), the National Confederation of Mauritanian Workers (CNTM) and the General Union of Mauritanian Workers (UNGTM). During the visit, discussions were centred on the need to strengthen the trade union movement at the local and regional levels to avoid the fragmentation of trade unions.
The Secretary-General also met with the Director of Employment at the Ministry of Public Service and Labour, as well as the Minister of Employment, Public Service and Labour, Madam Zainabou Mint Ahmadanah.

In a meeting with the Prime Minister of Mauritania, His Excellency, Mr Mohammed Ould Bilal, at his office, there were discussions on ways to strengthen cooperation between OATUU and Mauritania. At the end of the meeting, the Secretary-General of OATUU thanked the Prime Minister for his warm reception and hospitality, while concluding that their discussions on social issues, unionism and work had been fruitful. He also highlighted the novel challenges presented in the current international and regional context and seized the opportunity to express his solidarity with the workers and people of Mauritania.

Finally, Mr Mezhoud voiced his appreciation for the latest social measures taken by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Ghazouni which aim to reduce social inequality, and poverty and improve the standard of living of Mauritanian workers.