Category: IUF Sugar and Palm Oil Project: 2015-2017

A project focussing on TNCs and Women Issues in two major "energy crops": sugar and oil palm. Supported by the Social Justice Fund of Unifor.

Benin: SYNTRASA’s challenges towards a safer workplace in SUCOBE

On the first week of July, the IUF Global Sugar and Palm Oil coordinator had the opportunity to work with the sugar and alcohol workers union, the Syndicat des Travailleurs du Sucre et de l’Alcool (SYNTRASA) that represents workers at the Sucrerie de Complant du Benin (SUCOBE), and to visit the company’s cane farming and …

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Kenya and Ghana: Sharing and transferring experiences on preventing sexual harassment at the workplace

The IUF Global Sugar and Palm Oil Program organised a joint activity with the General Agricultural Workers Union of TUC of Ghana (GAWU) and the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation workers in Ghana of the week of Mach 5-10. Around 80 GAWU members in three different workshops in the same number of palm oil estates, …

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Kenya: KUSPW leading the fight to prevent sexual harassment in the sugar sector

From 8 to 12 October, the IUF Sugar & Palm Oil project held activities with the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPW) to finalise a three-year effort on the union’s stance regarding preventing and fighting sexual harassment in Kenya’s sugar sector. This program, which run from May 2015 to April 2017, followed a pattern …

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Kenya: Sugar workers observe Workers’ Memorial Day

The IUF Global Sugar and Palm Oil Program and the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPW) observed the Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28th, with weeklong activities that included workshops on the impact of sexual harassment on the health and safety of sugar workers in Kenya. The program also included a march through the roads …

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Kenya: KUSPW’s actions on Sexual Harassment at the workplace.

Gender-related matters, such as sexual harassment and violence against women, are rightly taking more of the media space[1]; the challenge is for individuals to effectively identify such occurrences in their daily life. Sensitisation is a major effort to develop such understanding to enhance our response to alleged cases, share the somebody else’ plight …

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South Africa: Wage agreement reached at the Sugar Bargaining Council

An across-the-board wage increase of 6.5 percent effective from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 covering some 5,000 employees was agreed on 4 July under the Sugar Bargaining Council negotiations. Back payments will be effective not later than 22 July. The Council parties are three unions and six major sugar employers in the Sugar …

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South Africa: Strike and resolution at cane-growing Harden Heights

A strike lasting from 27 June to 6 July at Harden Heights ended with an agreement granting a 6.68 percent wage increase as a “minimum sectoral wage,” a 7 percent increase in other financial benefits and for work on Saturdays. There is also an annual bonus, while FAWU established the basics for a workers’ forum.

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Zambia: NUPAAW reaches agreement at Illovo’s Zambia Sugar

The National Union of Plantation, Agriculture and Allied Workers (NUPAAW) concluded negotiations with Zambia Sugar Plc on 23rd March 2016 and an addendum to the Collective Agreement on 13th April 2016, after seven rounds of negotiation on the 2016-2017 Wages, Salaries and Financial terms that started on 31 December 2015.

The agreement grants an eighteen percent …

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Sexual Harassment. A case in the sugar sector of Kenya

By Caroline Busaka and Judith Siwa

At a recent IUF Sugar workshop with KUSPAW, Caroline Busaka made general comments about a sexual harassment case she has learned directly from the victim. With no references to personal details, and having changed some of the circumstances, the following is an attempt to keep the core …

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Working in the boilers section of a sugar factory in Kenya

Video and information by Miriam Wanyama, KUSPAW

After hearing some workers’ complains, I visited the boilers and power house sections of the sugar estate in Kenya where I work. This video is of one boiler attendant.

The boilers, where heat is generated to produce steam, are old fashioned, and workers have to manually …

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