Kenya: KUSPAW branch reaches collective agreement at Nzoia Sugar Company

On 24 September 2014, an agreement for Nzoia Sugar was concluded at Kisumu during the joint industrial council, covering a total of 931 unionisable employees, including 75 women.

Seventy eight temporal employees will also benefit from the agreement, although they fail to pay agency fees. Seasonal workers do not receive monetary benefits from the agreement, …

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Belize: Green Tropics building a second sugar factory in the country

During a recent visit to Belize, it was a real surprise to learn, taking into consideration the challenges experienced by the more traditional Caribbean sugar producers, that a new sugar estate is under construction in the country’s Cayo District. It’s called Green Tropics, and belongs to the Santander Group.In Belize it operates under “Santander Farms” responsible …

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Belize: Resuming Solidarity Work when a TNC enters the field

A tripartite effort resumed the work of the IUF Global Sugar Program with the Belize Workers Union (BWU), which had the support of the British union, GMB. The BWU program included a workshop (2-4 October) as well as field work with factory and field visits, and ad-hoc meetings with the BWU leadership.

A key aspect …

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Tanzania: TPAWU wage agreement at Illovo’s Kilombero at 5 percent

On August 28, the Tanzania Plantation Agricultural Workers Union (TPAWU) signed a wage agreement with Kilombero Sugar Company Limited, a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar, granting a five percent wage increase across the board. According to the union, some 5,070 employees are covered by the agreement. Payments will be retroactive of April 1st, 2014.

The agreement …

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Kenya: IUF Global Sugar Program successfully ends two-year project with KUSPAW

On 20-22 August a workshop held by the IUF Global Sugar Program successfully finalise a two-year project on Occupational Safety and Health with the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Agricultural Workers Union (KUSPAW), which focused on the policy and political aspects of safety and health, moving the union towards a meaningful engagement with management on …

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South Africa: Sezela Women’s Forum and Future Women Workers

By Nelisiwe Nxumalo, FAWU member in Sezela

The Sezela Women’s Forum comprises women employed in the Mill and Agriculture areas in the Sezela Sugar Company and represents them in the Equality Employment (EE) meetings. The Forum helps dealing with issues that women face at the workplace, and also organises functions and events, such …

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Swaziland: SAPWU’s strikes prevail over sugar giants

It was the kind of struggle that builds unions and democracy, and strengthens trade union international solidarity. The Swaziland Agricultural & Plantation Workers’ Union (SAPWU) launched legal strikes at the Tambankulu Estates, owned by Tongaat Hulett, and at Ubombo Sugar, 60 percent owned by Illovo Sugar, the largest sugar company in Africa – owned by …

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Swaziland: SAPWU strikes at Illovo and Tongaat

The Swaziland Agricultural & Plantation Workers’ Union (SAPWU) launched legal strike actions at Ubombo Sugar and Tambankulu Estates, controlled by the South Africa-based Illovo Sugar and Tongaat Hulett respectively. Illovo Sugar is ranked as the largest sugar company in Africa, with strong international corporate links; Tongaat is a major player in the South African Development …

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United States: ITC Report: allegedly subsidised Mexican sugar harms US industry

The US International Trade Commission (US-ITC) issued a 190-page report that stated, in its first paragraph, that “there is a reasonable indication that an industry (sugar) in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of sugar from Mexico that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value (“LTFV”) …

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Zambia: Nanga Farms union leaders dismissed; 600 workers received warning letters

The National Union of Plantation, Agriculture and Allied Workers (NUPAAW) reported that five union branch leaders at Nanga Farms have been dismissed because of the industrial unrest that happened at the farm on 16 April. The branch union leaders are:

  • Comment Siamanenga, Chairperson
  • Joseph Lungu, Vice Chairperson
  • Kebby Muchelemba, Vice Secretary, Administration
  • Kalaluka Mututwa, …

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