ALGIERS – Sunday, 19 November 2023 (APS) – The participants in the 12th Congress of the Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) emphasized Algeria’s pivotal role at the African level, “in support of unity, cooperation and development principles, true to its inalienable historical values vis-à-vis African workers and peoples.”

In the final communiqué, released on Sunday, the participants in this Congress extended their “thanks to the President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune for his patronage of the works of this congress which was successful at all levels,” affirming that Algeria is among the key players in favor of unity, cooperation and development, considering its initiatives for the African continent.

In this respect, the final communiqué underlined the initiative of the Algerian Agency of International Cooperation for Solidarity and Development (AACIDS) devoted to the funding of development projects in the African countries, pointing out that the holding of this event in Algeria shows its commitment to its inalienable historical values and principles vis-à-vis the African workers and peoples, as well as its cooperation for the continent’s socio-economic prosperity.

The participants discussed “the difficult regional and international circumstances coinciding with the holding of this congress due to the changes marking the labor market,” citing “the conflicts, the wars and terrorism threats in the Sahel, like the war between the factions in Sudan, the resistance of the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination, in addition to the Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people and its repercussions on the fate of the workers and their families.”

The communiqué underlined that the African trade union movement “is currently facing big challenges in adjusting to the developments occurring in the continent and must develop an appropriate strategy to meet the expectations of African workers and constitute a modern and strong trade union movement that controls the mechanisms of the trade union work and social dialogue.”

According to these data, the participants in this congress reached a series of resolutions “defining the main lines for future work to deal with the concerns of the African working class and meet its current and future claims and expectations.”

They affirmed their “condemnation and denunciation, in the strongest terms, of the barbaric Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people,” calling on the international community “to immediately intervene to end the war against the Palestinians and strengthen the solidarity to aid the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip.”