Extractive Workers Union meets Rutongo mines management over employees’ suspension

As part of follow up on the implementation of labor law among the security staff restructuring in Rutongo mines, the Secretary General of the Rwanda Extractive Workers Union-REWU trade union, Comrade Murwanashyaka Andre had a meeting with the General Manager of Rutongo Mines on Wednesday October 7th, 2020.

Both parties agreed on the criteria to be considered in deciding on employees who will be suspended after restructuring as settled by labor law, and agreed on the respect of international labor convention No.135 regarding the protection of trade union and staff representative during the reshuffle in the company.

Rwandan Extractive industry Workers Union (REWU), organizes all workers from Mining, Quarry Companies and cooperatives in Rwanda since 2014 and has a sounding experience in social dialogue with mine and quarry companies owners as well as to organize, mobilize and sensitize their employees. This sector employs around 120,000 workers. REWU was published in Rwanda Official Gazette No. 49 Bis of 08/12/2014.

REWU is affiliated to CESTRAR (Central de Syndicats des Travailleurs au Rwanda) and National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) at national level, to the COSOC – GL ”coalition des organisations de la societe civile luttant contre l’exploitation illegale des ressources naturelles dans la Region des Grand Lacs”. It is also an affiliate at international level to the IndustriALL Global Union, and to the Building Wood Workers International Union (BWI);

REWU is a key partner of Ministry of public services and labor (MIFOTRA), Rwanda mines, petroleum and gas board (RMB), Provinces and Districts in local government; Rwanda Mining Association (RMA) and Rwanda Quarry Association (RQA) as employers professional organizations in mining sector.

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