4 – Systematic violations of rights
The ITUC Global Rights Index

Burkina Faso

The ITUC affiliates in Burkina Faso are the Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs Burkinabé (CNTB), the Confédération Syndicale Burkinabé (CSB), the Organisation Nationale des Syndicats Libres (ONSL) and the Union Syndicale des Travailleurs du Burkina (USTB).

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Strikers and union representatives dismissed from higher education institute06-11-2015

On 6 November, a labour dispute labour dispute See industrial dispute at the International Institute of Water and Sanitation Engineering (2IE) reached a climax with the dismissal of 15 staff members, including six union representatives. The workers and their trade union, the Fédération des Syndicats Nationaux des Travailleurs de l’Education et de la Recherche (F-SYNTER), had for months been denouncing “the intimidation and threats integrated within the staff management approach”. The management refused to recognise the trade union and tried to replace it with another structure under its control. It refused to take on board the adverse opinion issued by the Regional Labour Directorate regarding the dismissal of a union representative. At the beginning of December, the authorities finally recognised the legitimacy of the workers’ claims by announcing the overturning of the dismissals.

Mass dismissals and suspensions at Bissa Gold23-10-2015

On 23 October, at the close of a strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
launched on 9 October, 110 workers were dismissed or suspended by Exterhum-Africa, the employment agency that manages personnel on behalf of the mining company Bissa Gold. In April, workers from the Syndicat National des Mines et Carrières du Burkina Faso (SNTMCB), affiliated to the Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs du Burkina (CNTB), requested an improvement in their working conditions. But this company operating in six African countries and which presents itself as “a real alternative to direct employment”, “strictly respecting the local labour and tax legislation” completely ignored the demand. The CNTB and IndustriALL Global Union called on the government to intervene, to put an end to actions considered to be violations of the ILO International Labour Organization A tripartite United Nations (UN) agency established in 1919 to promote working and living conditions. The main international body charged with developing and overseeing international labour standards.

See tripartism, ITUC Guide to international trade union rights
Conventions on the right to organise and collective bargaining collective bargaining The process of negotiating mutually acceptable terms and conditions of employment as well as regulating industrial relations between one or more workers’ representatives, trade unions, or trade union centres on the one hand and an employer, a group of employers or one or more employers’ organisations on the other.

See collective bargaining agreement
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Strikers dispersed, expelled or arrested by police 11-09-2015

On 7 May, in Bobo Dioulasso, the police expelled strikers from the Société Africaine de Pneumatiques (SAP) who had gathered awaiting a legal decision expected that day. The SAP workers, who had been on strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
since 13 January, were calling for the implementation of a court decision in their favour dating back to November 2014, related to a list of demands presented in 2011.

On 11 September, around 20 civil servants from the Ministry of Finance were arrested during a sit-in being staged in the capital. Several others were reportedly manhandled by the police within the confines of the ministry. The Syndicat National des Agents des Finances (SYNAFI) said the strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
was being held in protest at the failure to respect a draft agreement signed four years ago.

Employer’s total contempt for legal arbitration procedures31-03-2015

The Syndicat Autonome des Contrôleurs et Inspecteurs du Travail (SYNACIT) denounced the hampering of its mission and the intimidation of workers during a conciliation conciliation An attempt by a neutral third party, a conciliator, to aid the settling of an industrial dispute by improving communications, offering advice and interpreting issues to bring the disputing parties to a point where they can reconcile their differences. The conciliator does not take as active a role as a mediator or an arbitrator.

See arbitration, mediation
meeting in Boulmiougou (Ouagadougou). On 24 March, the director of a consultancy company, Flash Reflections, disappeared from the meeting for a few minutes to call the local gendarmerie. Shortly after, three heavily armed gendarmes came to arrest the employees. The labour inspectors fortunately opposed the move. This is not the first such incident according to the SYNACIT.

Failure to overturn punitive measures taken against strikers during coup d’état05-09-2015

During the coup attempt at the beginning of September, the trade union movement called a nationwide strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
to mark its opposition to the putschists. By firmly and unambiguously condemning this attempt to overturn the rule of law, the trade unions emerged as key actors in the resistance staged by civil society. By mid November, however, employers had still not overturned the punitive measures taken against several workers who had responded to the strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
call.

Transition government ignores and threatens trade unions01-04-2015

On 1st April, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida launched a verbal attack on the trade unions: “The recent turn of events - disorderly strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
action, inopportune demands which are corporatist in name only, the occupation of workplaces and actions restricting freedom of movement - is clearly aimed at preventing the government from doing its work and, ultimately, elections from being held… All destabilisation attempts, wherever they come from, will, as of now on, be handled with firmness and responsibility.” On 14 June, Unité d’Action Syndicale (UAS), which gathers the country’s six trade union centres, responded to some extent through the speech delivered by its president, Yamba George Koanda, at the International Labour Conference. In November 2014, the Burkinabe trade union movement had welcomed the uprising in the country, hoping for a widening of democratic and trade union rights and a serious examination of workers’ concerns. But for the UAS, these concerns are being widely ignored by the transition government “… which is showing a negative face by openly attacking and threatening trade union organisations; exploiting and promoting small associations to the detriment of organisations representative of the workers, and openly supporting employers in their refusal to implement court decisions in favour of workers, etc”. In July, the UAS denounced the government’s postponement of a meeting with the trade unions that had been scheduled well in advance, the refusal by the Ministry for Territorial Administration, Decentralisation and Security (MATDS) to register trade unions following the requisite holding of congresses, on the pretext that new rules have been enacted requiring an investigation into the moral standing of their leaders, which, according to the UAS, appears nowhere in the legal texts concerning trade unions.

Recurrent anti-union discrimination31-12-2010

The Labour Code has not prevented numerous employers from suppressing trade union activities, refusing, for example, the organisation of employee representative elections. This negative climate seems to discourage employees from putting themselves forward for election for fear of reprisals. Trade union delegates’ rights are often flouted.

No reinstatement for strikers unfairly punished31-12-2010

Trade union leaders and members of several public service trade unions arbitrarily dismissed or transferred in the last few years for their trade union activities have not yet been reinstated. Several court rulings in favour of unfairly dismissed strikers were not implemented.

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