Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU)

Organisation de l'unité syndicale africaine (OUSA)

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13 Apr 1973, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), following preparatory meeting, Nov 1972, Addis Ababa, as a specialized agency of Organization of African Unity (OAU), replacing African Trade Union Confederation (ATUC), set up 14 Jan 1962, Dakar (Senegal), and All African Trade Union Federation (AATUF), set up 31 May 1961, Casablanca (Morocco) and also referred to as 'Union syndicale des pays africains'. Absorbed Pan African Federation of Public Services Trade Unions (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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Organizes conferences, workshops, symposia, seminars and round tables on political and socio-economic issues for affiliated organizations.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special and Regional); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Special Status); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category); OAU (Observer Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 54 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Workers
  • Vigilance
    • Unity

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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