OATUU’s Protest against the dissolution of the Sudan Workers Trade Union Federation (SWTUF)

The Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) filed a letter to  Mr. Abdellah Hamdouk, the Prime Minister of the Council of the Transition Ministers in Sudan following the decision to dissolve, freeze all  assets and seize all properties of the Sudanese General Federation of Trade Unions dated 14th December 2019.

OATUU strongly condemns and denounces this arbitrary and unjust decision against the Sudanese workers who have been deprived from their right to organize and defend their interests at a time when Sudan is undergoing great transformations in its history as a result of the revolution led by the brotherly Sudanese people.

As stated in the letter, this arbitrary decision is a flagrant violation of the constitution of the International Labor Organization and the international labor conventions on freedom of association and the right to organize, Conventions 87 and 98 respectively.

OATUU also considers this decision as a violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in particular what is stated in its preamble and Articles 10 and 11, as well as the Universal Charter on Human Rights.

OATUU then urges to promote dialogue and the path of wisdom and law by removing all restrictions on the exercise of the right to organize and to rescind this decision, which constitutes a serious violation of fundamental and trade union freedoms and a failure to respect the International and African Covenants.