Category: Women Sugar Workers

Kenya: Women Workers at the Nzoia Sugar Company

Miriam Wanyama is a member of the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers (KUSPAW), and an active participant in the IUF Global Sugar project in Africa. Recently, she took the challenge to document relevant issues that the women workers in Nzoia Sugar Estate face. The following report is based on information compiled by …

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South Africa: FAWU’s work and the Women Workers’ Forum at the Sezela sugar mill

There are ninety-eight women working at the Sezela sugar estate, with about 60 percent of them in the Administration and Human Resources departments, followed by the Downstream Operations area with some 20 percent and the remaining are workers in the Factory and also apprentices. These are the numbers of women workers in Sezela, says Nelisiwe …

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South Africa: Women Cane Cutters and ibomvu as a sunscreen

It’s not common to find women as cane cutters. It is more common to find them in somewhat ‘invisible’ jobs, which are the result, on one hand, of being deemed low-skilled (and effectively low-paid) occupations, usually confined to field operations like planting, weeding and cleaning fields, and, on the other, that are jobs first to …

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South Africa: Titi Ngcobo: First woman elected chairperson in FAWU sugar

I am the first woman elected as FAWU chairperson in the sugar sector, said Pauline (Titi) Ngcobo, when meeting her last September in Durban. Titi was elected chairperson in Noodsberg in August this year, and represents the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) membership of 245 workers, out from a total labour force of 368 …

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South Africa: A view to women working in the Sugar Sector

The IUF Global Sugar Program has focused its work on Maternity Protection in the sector as well as some specific topics like Sexual Harassment and Equality in the Workplace. It was under the IUF Global Sugar project in East and Southern Africa and in coordination with the South African Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) …

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Canada: IUF Sugar Africa unions attend the CLC Summer School 2012

Two women delegates from unions participating in the IUF Global Sugar project in East and Southern Africa attended the Canadian Labour Congress Summer School 2012, from July 15-27 in Port Elgin, Ontario.

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IUF Global Sugar in Africa: Workshop on Creating Job Opportunities for Women in the Sugar Sector

It is commonly accepted that skilled or factory-type jobs in sugar is the realm of male employees. Not only in Africa but in several cane-based sugar producing countries as well. These jobs are usually permanent positions, although recently they have also come under pressure by outsourcing and casualisation practices, as job precariousness becomes common to …

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South Africa: FAWU- IUF Global Sugar Gender Workshop in Durban

Twenty women members of FAWU’s sugar sector met from 11-13 October in Durban for a workshop on Gender, which also counted with the participation of two delegates from Swaziland’s SAPWU and Mozambique’s SINTIA.

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Jamaica: Trade Union Exchange and Women Workers

With a report by Frederica Riley, WAWU-Dominica and Uranie Heeram, GAWU-Guyana IUF Trade Union Exchange of Women in the Sugar and Bananas Sector of the English – speaking Caribbean 22-24 June 2009, Jamaica

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Guyana: IUF/GAWU/NAACIE Workshop for Women Workers in Sugar and Bananas

A report with the collaboration of Seepaul Narine, GAWU. The IUF in conjunction with its affiliates in Guyana the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) sponsored a five (5) day workshop from 3-7 November 2008. This is the second activity for the year. …

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