Amine Felih, a member of the Algerian Union of Industries (UAI) and a leading member of the Trade Union Confederation of Productive Workers (COSYFOP) has been arrested. On April 4, he was sentenced to one year in prison as well as a fine of 200,000 DZD (1335 EUR) for “posting on social media that could harm national security.”
- The Algerian Government continues to repress citizens, including union members and leaders, who seek to exercise their basic civil and political rights
- As part of the increasing repression of all forms of democratic activity, independent trade unionists are relentlessly harassed, arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned
- As trade unionists, we must keep voicing our concerns! The IUF, PSI and IndustriALL Global Union encourage you to Click HERE to send an urgent message to the Algerian government!
IUF General Secretary Sue Longley stated, “Trade unionists must be free to exercise their rights enshrined under ILO conventions 87 and 98 on the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. Armine’s arrest and imprisonment shows blatant disregard for these fundamental rights, and the IUF calls on the Algerian government to change course immediately.”