Niger CBA
Meeting with road transport workers in Konni, Niger

Niger road transport affiliates promote groundbreaking CBA

Representatives of the ITF, its road transport affiliates, employers and the government organised an outreach campaign in Niger from 1-6 February to promote the effective implementation of the groundbreaking collective bargaining agreement signed on 24 August 2015.

The agreement establishes for the first time in Niger’s transport sector minimum standards for labour contracts, wage rates, working hours and social protection, and will benefit at least 20,000 taxi, bus and truck drivers. It will also promote decent work and strengthen the process for formalisation of the informal sector.

Following the launch ceremony on 1 February, where the transport minister confirmed the government would do its utmost to ensure the agreement implementation, the high-level delegation toured Niger’s main cities, travelling over 2,500 km.

At meetings in bus stations and elsewhere, delegates explained the agreement’s significance and stressed the importance for unions to build solidarity along the road corridors through the use of the international drivers’ cards to fight against road harassment. They highlighted the need to build strong, democratic and independent trade unions, including organising informal workers such as moto-taxi drivers and bus station vendors.

Bayla Sow, ITF Francophone Africa and ECOWAS countries representative, said: “Everyone worked very hard to achieve this agreement, and I hope that it will be implemented effectively, as it will make a major difference to road transport workers in Niger.”

The Niger campaign was the final activity of the joint project for 2013-2015 between the ITF and Finland’s Trade Union Solidarity Centre (SASK) to strengthen road transport affiliates’ organising and bargaining skills along the main West African transport corridors. Other project successes include the recruitment of 9,786 new members by the ITF’s road transport affiliates in the region, the implementation of a CBA for road transport workers in Burkina Faso in 2015, and a reduction in harassment of road transport workers in some corridors.

Read about the ITF/SASK project launch

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Salhatou Mohamed Mansour

845 Days Ago
C'est un succès éclatant pour l ITF et les travailleurs des transports routiers du Niger pour l 'aboutissement de cette convention qui fut un long processus. la convention si elle est bien exploitée et appliquée par toutes les parties concernées sera bénéfique pour les transporteurs routiers du Niger. Elle assurera une sécurité sociale et de meilleurs conditions de vie et de travail des transporteurs routiers. Donc bravo à l'ITFà travers le projet SASK ,l'État du Niger et la coordination ITF Niger pour cette victoire qui doit servir d'exemples aux autres pays à la traîne.
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