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International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU-AFRO)

Conclusions and recommendations of the ICFTU-AFRO regional Conference on Migrant Labour in Africa

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU-AFRO)

The Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

15-17 March 2004

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  1. The African Regional Organization of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU-AFRO) organized a Regional Conference on Migrant Labour in Nairobi, Kenya, from March 15-17, 2004. The conference brought together top leadership of 49 ICFTU-AFRO affiliated national centres in 40 African countries, as well as representatives of the ICFTU Headquarters, sub-regional trade union organizations, several Global Union Federations, and trade union federations from the North (AFL-CIO USA, LO-Norway and FGTB Belgium). Representatives of the African Union, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Bank as well as senior officials or representatives of several governments in Africa and Europe also participated.

  2. Hon. Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Minister of Labour and Human Development, on behalf of His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya, opened the Conference. Other keynote speakers included Hon. ZoР» Bakoko Bakoru, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development of the Republic of Uganda and senior executives of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-Kenya), the AU, ILO, the ICFTU and ICFTU-AFRO. The Conference was closed by Mr. Johnson Kavulundi, Labour Commissioner in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development.

  3. The Conference objectives were to enable participants to: - i) deliberate on the situation and conditions of migrant labour; ii) discuss the impact of globalization on migration; and iii) draw up a trade union plan of action to address these issues and to promote and defend the rights of migrant workers. The Conference also provided an opportunity for African trade union leaders to prepare for the General Discussion on Migrant Labour at the June 2004 International Labour Conference. As such it was a capacity building and information exchange forum for the labour leadership of the continent.

  4. The Conference discussed the root cause and impact of migration at the source as well as the host countries. It also identified the impact of globalization on the present and future trends of migration in a bid to come up with a common approach, leading to its overall and equitable management. At the end of the conference, an ICFTU-AFRO Plan of Action to defend and promote the rights of migrant workers was drawn up.

  5. The presentations, group discussions and deliberations led to the following conclusions, recommendations and Plan of Action.

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