5 – No guarantee of rights
The ITUC Global Rights Index


The ITUC affiliate in Eritrea is the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW).

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Canadian Courts To Try Nevsun’s Slave Labour Case 06-10-2016

The Supreme Court of British Columbia recognised its competence to rule upon the lawsuit filed by Eritrean victims against Newsun Resources Ltd, a Canadian mining company that co-owns the Bisha mines in partnership with the Eritrean government, for claims of complicity in crimes against humanity, forced labour and torture. The Eritrean National Mining Corp. owns 40% of the Bisha Mine Co. The Canadian court claimed jurisdiction by taking into consideration the lack of access to a judicial remedy in Eritrea. In 2015, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea stated that the judicial system in the country lacks of independence and the administration of justice is “completely deficient.”

No freedom of association, no collective bargaining30-11-2010
Government interference31-10-2009

The activities of the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW) are closely monitored by the government. Some of its affiliated unions (such as those representing teachers, women, young people and general workers) come under close scrutiny from the government and the ruling People’s Front for Democracy and Justice Party. Free 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.

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is thus rendered meaningless. In November the NCEW held a conference to mark its 30th Anniversary.

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