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Guinea

The ITUC affiliates in Guinea are the Confédération Nationale de Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG), the Organisation Nationale des Syndicats Libres de Guinée (ONSLG) and the Union Syndicale des Travailleurs de Guinée (USTG).

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Repression of strike action in road transport sector 19-02-2016

On 19 February 2016, on the fourth day of a transport 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
and after clashes broke out in several areas of the capital, around 15 strikers were arrested and briefly detained in Conakry. The Union Syndicale des Travailleurs de Guinée (USTG) condemned the strong-armed intervention of the police at several of the roadblocks set up to halt the passage of non-striking transport workers. A police chief attempted to justify the use of teargas and the dispersion of the demonstrators by claiming that they were not trade unionists. The USTG, however, reported that those arrested were the heads of trade union branches. An agreement ending the action was finally reached that day between the government and the two union centres that initiated 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
- the USTG and the Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG). The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which lent its support to the strikers, applauded the agreement at the same time as lamenting the fact that the Guinean authorities had waited for confrontation before coming to an understanding with the unions

Union leaders summoned31-05-2014

In 2006, workers demonstrated in Conakry to demand democratic reforms and decent work and were violently repressed by the army resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. In May 2014, the Tribunal of Conakry summoned 45 union leaders in relation to this protest. The CFDT and CGT believe that this is an attempt to intimidate the union movement. While those who have committed serious human rights violations during the protests have not been punished, unions which are actively engaged in the democratic process are being targeted.

Rusal Friguia locks out workers30-06-2012

The company Rusal Friguia responded to 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
in April 2012 by forcibly halting production, leaving 1,030 permanent employees and 2,000 outsourced workers without pay since April 2012. Workers had gone 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
in the cities of Fria and Conakry to protest against management’s refusal to engage in 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
.

Since 2011, management refused to engage in 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
and instead employed a tactic of intimidation and provocation of plant-level trade union representatives and workers.

In June 2012, workers ended 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
after government-arbitrated negotiations. However, Rusal refuses to end the lockout lockout A form of industrial action whereby an employer refuses work to its employees or temporarily shuts down operations. and insists unions accept responsibility for the company losses during 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
, which the workers flatly refuse to do.

Attack on trade union premises22-03-2013

On 22 March 2013, trade union premises in N’Zérékoré were raided by unknown persons. There was considerable material damage and a large sum of cash and other items were stolen.

Violence against trade unionist19-03-2012

On 19 March 2012, the Assistant General Secretary of the Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG), Mr Kader Aziz Camara and his family were the victims of an armed attack at their home in Conakry. The assailants were in military uniforms and armed.

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