Partners and Useful Links

Our Partners

The work of the TU Competence Centre is based on strong partnerships and cooperation with other organisations. This subsection offers an overview about our Direct Project Partners as well as Global Union Federations, Regional Trade Union Networks, Research Institutions and Solidarity Support Organisations.

Direct Project Partners

  • Global Union Federation Africa Forum with its coordination office in Johannesburg;
    Direct Contact: Crecentia.Mofokeng(at)bwint.org
  • Global Union in Mining Energy and Manufacturing Sectors, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (IndustriALL) Sub Saharan Africa with its regional office in Johannesburg; 
    Direct Contact: FNkomo(at)industriALL-Union.org
  • African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa); the continental trade union network based in Lomé (Togo);
    Direct Contact: Yahya.msangi(at)ituc-africa.org
  • Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC) a regional umbrella organization of Trade Union Centres in southern Africa, based in Gaborone (Botswana);
    Direct Contact: austin.muneku(at)satucc.org
  • East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC), based in Arusha (Tanzania)Union Network International Africa (UNI Africa) with offices in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Johannesburg (South Africa); 
    Direct Contact: Keith.Jacobs(at)uniglobalunion.org
  • Labour Research Service (LRS) is a labour service non profit organisation, based in Cape Town (South Africa); 
    Direct Contact: Trenton(at)lrs.org.za

Solidarity Support Organisations

Research Institutions

  • AIDC – The Alternative Information and Development Centre;
    Direct Contact: Jeff Rudin: jeff(at)climtejobs.org.za
  • ALRN – African Labour Research Network; accessible via the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe;
    Direct Contact: Naome Chakanya: naome(at)ledriz.co.zw
  • DPRU – Development Policy Research Unit – University of Cape Town;
    Direct Contact: Haroon.Bhorat(at)uct.ac.za
  • EJN – Economic Justice Network with their office in Cape Town
  • GLU – Global Labour University Network with their Master programmes at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Green Peace Africa with their offices in Johannesburg (South Africa) and Dakar (Senegal)
  • INESOR – Institute for Social and Economic Research – University of Zambia;
    Direct Contact: Grayson Koyi: Grayson.Koyi(at)unza.zm
  • LaRRI – Labour Resource and Research Institute based in Windhoek (Namibia)
  • LEDRIZ – The Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe, support organization of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
  • LRS – is a labour service non profit organisation, based in Cape Town (South Africa)
  • NALEDI – COSATU’s Research Institute, based in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • PSIRU – Public Service International Research Unit with its local representative in Cape Town.
    Direct Contact: Sandra van Niekerk:Sandravn(at)iafrica.com
  • SWOP – Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • WIEGO – Women informal employment: Globalizing and Organizing with their regional office in Johannesburg;
    Direct Contact: Chris Bonner:chris.bonner(at)wiego.org

Regional Trade Union Networks

Useful Links

This section offers useful links to: International Organisations, important ILO Departments, Multilateral Code Agreements, Fair Trade and Social Labelling, Alternative Labour Tools, Civil Society Organisations and Networks as well as Labour related Magazines and Data.

Global Union Federations (GUFs) And Labour Related Organisations

  • BWI  Building and Wood Worker’s International; with their regional Africa office in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • EI – Education International; with their regional office in Accra (Ghana)
  • IFJ Global – International Federation of Journalists; with their regional Africa Office in Dakar (Senegal)
  • IndustriALL – Global Union in Mining, Energy and Manufacturing Sectors, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions; with their regional office in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • ITF Global – International Transport Workers’ Federation; with their Regional Office in Nairobi (Kenya)
  • ITUC-Africa – The African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation; with its regional Africa office based in Lome (Togo)
  • IUF – The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF); with their regional office in Lagos (Nigeria)
  • PSI – Public Services International; with their regional secretariat based in Lome (Togo) and their regional office based in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • TUAC – Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
  • UNI-Global – UNI Global Union; with their UNI-Africa offices in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Johannesburg (South Africa); 
    Direct contact:Keith.Jacobs(at)uniglobalunion.org

Labour related Organisations

  • IDWN -International Domestic Workers Network; regional co-ordinator in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
    Direct contact: Vicky Kanyoka vickykanyoka(at)yahoo.co.uk
  • IFWEA – International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations; with their Headoffice in Cape Town

Labour Related Online Magazines, News And Data

Labour Related Civil Society Organisations And Networks

Alternative Labour Tools

In order to address the challenges that economic globalisation poses on labour, new “alternative labour tools” have been created to protect and promote labour standards in the context of multinational corporations (MNCs) and international trade. Many of them are initiatives of civil society organisations like NGOs, labour unions or consumer organisations.

The following is a summary of the most important alternative labour tools:

International Framework Agreements

Code of conduct initiatives of governments, intergovernmental organisations and the EU:

Private code of conduct initiatives:

Multistakeholder Initiatives:

Fair Trade and Social Labelling Organisations

Fairtrade International (FLO)

European Fair Trade Association

Network of European World Shops

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

RUGMARK – label for fair produced carpets

Flower Label Programme (FLP)

(For a comprehensive list and overview of all code related initiatives see www.standardsmap.org to access this information you will need to give your email address and register with a password and login)

ITUC/TUAC Publications And Campaigns

ILO Mechanisms

International Trade Union Organisations

Global Union Federations

  • BWI – Building and Wood Worker’s International; with their regional Africa office in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • IndustriALL – Global Union in Mining, Energy and Manufacturing Sectors, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions; with their regional office in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • EI – Education International; with their regional office in Accra (Ghana)
  • IFJ Global – International Federation of Journalists; with their regional Africa Office in Dakar (Senegal)
  • ITF Global – International Transport Workers’ Federation; with their Regional Office in Nairobi (Kenya)
  • ITUC – The International Trade Union Confederation; with its regional Africa office based in Lome (Togo)
  • IUF – The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF); with their regional office in Lagos (Nigeria)
  • PSI – Public Services International; with their regional secretariat based in Lome (Togo) and their regional office based in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • UNI – UNI Global Union; with their head office in Nyon (Switzerland) and UNI-Africa offices in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • TUAC – Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD

Labour related Organisations 

  • IDWN – International Domestic Workers Network; regional co-ordinator based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
    Direct contact: Vicky Kanyoka vickykanyoka(at)yahoo.co.uk
  • IFWEA – International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations; with their Headoffice in Cape Town 

Regional TU Organisations

  • SATUCC – Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council, based in Gaborone (Botswana)
  • EATUC – East African Trade Union Confederation, based in Arusha (Tanzania)
  • ITUC-Africa – The African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation
  • OATUU – Organization of African Trade Union Unity

FES Links

International Framework Agreements

Global Union Federations (GUFs) seek to build international co-operation, joint action, and global solidarity among trade unions in different countries that share common employers. There is a growing global trade union recognition by multinational enterprises of GUFs at the headquarter levels, and beyond, and of the work that they do, as well as an important increase in social dialogue. In some cases, this interaction has resulted in the negotiation of International Framework Agreements (IFAs), also known as Global Framework Agreements (GFAs).

Click here to see the list of IFAs (or GFAs) by GUF and by company

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