The main theme of the Regional Conference is :

Forward for a New Africa: Mobilise, Organise, Innovate!

Conference sessions will focus on the following themes:

Forward for a New Africa:    Organise to strengthen trade union power

This session will define UNI Africa’s Breaking Through strategy from 2017 to 2021 with respect to:

–     Organising and recruitment strategies, with special focus on women and youth

–     Global and regional agreements and trade union alliances

–     Building strategic collective bargaining power

–     Trade union capacity building activities

Forward for a New Africa: Mobilise for a sustainable world and to take back our economies

The issues to be discussed in this session will include:

–     Pushing for concrete measures on climate change

–     Mobilising for democracy and peace

–     Promoting the adoption of security measures to combat terrorism.

–     Combatting corruption and establishing good political and economic governance

–     Lobbying for a living wage and fair distribution of wealth

Forward for a New Africa:    Innovate for a robust and dynamic trade unionism

The session will look at union innovations for tomorrow’s world of work:

–     Re-energising the trade union movement and breaking new frontiers

–     A voice and decision-making powers for women and youth as agents for change

–     Creative ways to provide benefits to people living with disabilities

–     Fighting fragmentation of the union movement

Forward for a New Africa: Act to shape Industry 4.0

As we enter what is widely accepted as mankind’s fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, this session will develop a strategy to tackle the issues raised by new forms of work and seek to shape Industry 4.0 through:

–     Democratising the digital world of work

–     Creating decent jobs in the future world of work

–     Tackling cyber criminality

Link from Gorée Island, Senegal, to Liverpool, UK

Senegal’s Gorée Island is a symbolic reminder of the appalling and inhumane slave trade that took place in Africa. It was officially recognized by the United Nations (UN) in 1978: Gorée, the “memory island” of this tragedy and was thus one of the very first places to be included in the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Liverpool, which was also a major centre of the Slave Trade, will host UNI Global Union’s 5th World Congress. Liverpool is home to one of only two International Slavery Museums in the world. In the lead up to the World Congress, a project is being developed on modern-day slavery and people trafficking in today’s world.

During the UNI Africa Conference, a commemorative plaque dedicated to all victims of slavery will be placed at the entrance to the House of Slaves on Gorée Island.