|First of all, happy new year. I realize it’s a holiday for most of you, you’re on your break, and you may not be checking your emails regularly. Which means it’s even more important than ever that we mobilize to support these brave workers in Algeria who are fighting against a government attempt to smash their union. I sent this message to you last Friday and I don’t think you saw it. (If you did, I apologize, but please do take this opportunity to share the message with others.) Thank you! Now, read on …
The government of Algeria is escalating its war on the independent union of electricity and gas workers SNATEGS, which organizes workers at the state energy company SONELGAZ.
Hundreds of union members, delegates and officers have been dismissed, harassed and persecuted on bogus legal charges for exercising their fundamental rights.
In May this year the government revoked SNATEG’s legal status and sentenced union President Raouf Mellal to six months in prison for exposing corruption and massive fraud carried out by SONELGAZ.
Now the government is attempting to eliminate the union altogether.
On 3 December, the Ministry of Labour announced that SNATEGS had held a meeting to dissolve itself. No authorised meeting took place, and according to the union’s statutes only a national congress can take this decision.
SNATEGS lives and fights, and needs your support.
Send a message to the Algerian authorities telling them to stop the war on SNATEGS, respect the union’s rights and legal status, drop all charges against Raouf Mellal and union members and reinstate all those dismissed for carrying out their union activities and exercising their rights.