“We want to be an example to other unions in other Arab countries, that they too can build coalitions and in doing that, grow union power.”
That was the message from the panel of Algerian trade union leaders speaking to the Arab World regional conference about the ITF industrial hubs programme.
Representatives from maritime, road transport and oil and petrol, make up the coalition which was formed in 2016. The three unions are working together to form industrial hubs based around ports in Algeria – making connections between workers from the different sectors so they can support each other in responding to employers and dealing with disputes, negotiations, organising and collective bargaining.
There are plans to develop the industrial hubs programme in other parts of the Arab World using Algeria as a template. Watch the film (in English and Arabic) to get the full story on developments of port hubs in the region:
The unions making up the coalition are Federation Nationale Travailleurs Ports Algériens, Fédération Nationale des Travailleurs des Transports, Federation Nationale des Travailleurs du Pétrole Gaz et Chimie.