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17 March 2017

BWI and Union to Union 2014-2016 Africa project: More than 20 000 workers organized in PIPs and Chinese MNCs

In the past two years, BWI members in the region have strengthened their capacity in Organizing, Negotiating and Influencing policy. For this evaluation and redesigning of the BWI-Union to Union – SBTF trade union development project for Africa were present Aisha Bahadur external evaluator and Niklas Enstrom from Swedish Electrician Union representing SBTF, Crecentia Mofokeng, BWI Africa/Middle East Regional Representative and Jasmin Redzepovic from BWI Geneva.

In the past two years, BWI members in the region have strengthened their capacity in Organizing, Negotiating and Influencing policy. Campaigning on Health and safety at Work around International Workers’ Memorial Day on the 28th April, work place campaigns on Forest Certification, May Day campaigns for trade unions’ rights and decent work day celebration on 7 October.

Despite enormous challenges due to a difficult economic, social and political context, the unions have increased their membership by more than 20 000 by organizing workers in Chinese MNCs, Public Infrastructure Projects, Cement and building material companies and Wood and Forestry industry. By the end of 2016, affiliates in Africa have signed 74 collective bargaining agreements with more than 200 multinationals including 137 Chinese. In addition, youth and women participation in unions activities and unions’ structures have notably increased.

The workshop also highlighted the xenophobic attacks against migrant workers and condemned these actions of xenophobia in South Africa violating migrant workers' rights.

While redesigning a new project for the next five years, participants used the results, failures, and impact of the last project measures to propose innovative ways and approaches to guarantee the success of the new project.

Niklas Enstrom from STBF Sweden congratulated all participants and BWI staff for the good work.
BWI extended gratitude to Union to Union, SBTF and BWI Swedish affiliates for their constant support to BWI affiliates in Africa and globally.