In the past four years, the Federal Government of Somalia has been attacking the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU), because these unions refused to be controlled by the government.
The government disbanded union meetings of NUSOJ in Mogadishu, imposed non-union members as leaders of FESTU and NUSOJ, intimidated union leaders and members including arrest, travel restrictions, de-registered unions to make them illegal, sacked most senior judges of the country who made favourable rulings for the union in February 2016, and denied FESTU the right to represent workers in tripartite platforms.
The Supreme Court of Somalia and the ILO supported the demand that the government recognise the internationally recognised leadership of NUSOJ and FESTU, and stop the attacks on the unions.
Please take a moment to show your support for human rights in Somalia and demand an end to attacks on the country’s independent trade unions:
Also, Spanish unions are protesting at massive redundancies at OHL. Two unions affiliated to Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) have launched an online campaign opposing the company’s decision to make 554 workers redundant. Please support their campaign here. [Warning: that may be a very slow connection.]
And finally, please — share these campaigns with your friends, family and fellow union members.