Djibouti - Repression against railway workers

Railway workers employed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) suffered a multi-week suspension after protesting low wages, insecure jobs and poor working conditions including a lack of drinking water, toilets and accommodation. The Chinese state-owned company refused to abide by Djibouti’s labour code and did not respond to a request from national trade union centre UDT to discuss and resolve the problems.

“Djibouti has a very poor track record on workers’ rights, with workers who seek trade union representation often subject to rights violations, as well as ongoing repression against the leaders of the trade union centres UDT and UGTD. The ITUC calls on the government to immediately release the detained teachers and drop the fabricated charges against them. It must also ensure that the railway workers are reinstated and compensated, and that the Chinese conglomerate that employs them pays fair wages and provides decent working conditions,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

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