Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU)

Organisation de l'unité syndicale africaine (OUSA)

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1973-04-13 Addis Ababa Ethiopia


Founded following preparatory meeting, Nov 1972, Addis Ababa, as a specialized agency of H-XD3027 - Organization of African Unity (OAU), replacing H-XH6106 - African Trade Union Confederation (ATUC), set up 14 Jan 1962, Dakar (Senegal), and H-XH6109 - All African Trade Union Federation (AATUF), set up 31 May 1961, Casablanca (Morocco) and also referred to as 'Union syndicale des pays africains'. Absorbed U-XE4618 - Fédération panafricaine des syndicats des services publics (FPSSP), 1974. Following dialogue with non-affiliated centres, all trade union centres in Africa became fully fledged members at First General Council, Mar 1975, Accra (Ghana).


Coordinate and guide the activities of all National Trade Unions action towards objectives defined in the Charter.


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Congress (every 4 years), comprising 4 delegates from each affiliated national trade union centre. General Council (annual), consisting of all the members of Executive Committee and one member representing each affiliate. Executive Committee (meets twice a year), composed of President, 7 Vice-Presidents elected from the 5 zones of OATUU in the continent and the Secretariat which comprises: Secretary-General; 2 Assistant Secretaries-General responsible for Departments under the headings: International and Organization, Press and Information, Workers' Education, Economic and Research and Documentation. Treasurer-General, responsible for Administration and Finance. Assistant Treasurer-General.

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