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  • Strike continues in Guinea-Bissau
    01 may 2002 11:30:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Fourteen workers' unions in Guinea-Bissau are on a general strike pressing for the payment of a three-month arrears of their salaries. Full text...

  • South African workers to celebrate Workers' Day
    01 may 2002 10:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Thousands of South African workers were Wedensday expected to attend Workers' Day rallies organised by the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) at 28 venues around the country. Full text...

  • Trade Unions tell politicians to hands-off May Day rallies
    30 april 2002 11:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Trade Unions in Mauritius grouped under the umbrella body, "Labour Day Committee" have called on politicians to leave labour day celebrations to workers alone. Full text...

  • Swazi police, workers on collision course over May Day
    30 april 2002 09:02:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi police have threatened to "deal" with the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions (SFTU) on Wednesday in case the workers day celebrations turned into a political rally. Full text...

  • President Moi opens first world urban forum
    29 april 2002 13:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi opened the first World Urban Forum in Nairobi Monday with a call for collective efforts to tackle the enormous challenges being posed by the unprecedented rate of urbanisation. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe deploys soldiers to curb wildlife poaching
    29 april 2002 10:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Monday it had deployed soldiers in all national parks, particularly along the border with Zambia, to curb rising incidents of wildlife poaching. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Frees Prisoners
    25 april 2002 21:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Thursday it would free more than 5,000 prisoners to reduce over-crowding in its jails. Full text...

  • Economic life largely unaffected by Burkinabe workers' strike
    24 april 2002 08:33:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Economic life was largely unaffected Tuesday in Ouagadougou, on the first day of a general strike called by the Burkinabe Trade Union Confederations and Autonomous Unions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to compensate farm workers
    23 april 2002 14:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government said Tuesday it would pay compensation to thousands of farm workers from white-owned farms it was taking over to resettle landless peasants under its controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Nigeria Labour Congress rejects casual labour
    23 april 2002 13:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In continuation of its fight against the "casualisation" of Nigerian workers by multinational Companies operating in the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Monday picketed three Companies in Lagos. Full text...

  • Compaore calls for link between economy and social affairs
    22 april 2002 23:38:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- "What is economically desirable must be socially acceptable", Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore declared at the weekend in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Kampala businessmen protest against vendors
    22 april 2002 19:33:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Hundreds of businessmen closed their shops Monday in Kampala, the Ugandan capital in protest against what they regard as infringement by vendors and hawkers. Full text...

  • UN names team to probe events in Palestine's Jenin Camp
    22 april 2002 18:27:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Monday named a three-member "fact-finding team" to investigate developments in the Jenin refugee camp following recent Israeli invasion of the Palestinian settlement. Full text...

  • Botswana recruits more Nigerian professionals
    22 april 2002 13:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Botswana has recruited 40 Nigerian health professionals to work in its hospitals, according to a Nigerian official. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways sacks staff over drug trafficking
    20 april 2002 10:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move to clean up its image, the national carrier Kenya Airways has sacked 32 cabin crew over drug trafficking allegations. Full text...

  • South African Govt credits business for fight against crime
    19 april 2002 17:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government's partnership with Business Against Crime (BAC) has contributed to a safer environment and boosted investor confidence, Deputy President Jacob Zuma has said. Full text...

  • Ivorian students end national strike
    19 april 2002 17:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian pupils and students Friday called off their three-day class boycott, after education authorities gave an assurance to meet their demands, a union official said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Police Arrest Newspaper Editor
    18 april 2002 15:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Wednesday arrested the editor of a weekly newspaper for allegedly carrying a false story on the involvement of President Robert Mugabe's wife in a company dispute. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Media Body Suspends Zimbabwe Broadcaster
    18 april 2002 14:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) Thursday suspended the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) for 12 months for alleged unprofessionalism. Full text...

  • Ivorian pupils, students on three-day strike
    17 april 2002 16:37:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Pupils and students of Ivorian schools began a three-day class boycott Wednesday, demanding better academic conditions. Full text...

  • Burkinabe trade unionists threaten strike 23-24 April
    16 april 2002 09:58:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Trade union associations in Burkina Faso have threatened a general strike 23-24 April to warn the authorities about failure to settle their grievances including demands for pay increase and retirement benefits. Full text...

  • Algerian civil servants call three-day strike
    14 april 2002 19:03:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Six sectors of the Algerian civil service called a three day-strike Sunday at the instance of the National Autonomous Trade Union of Civil Servants (SNAPAP), labour union sources said in Algiers. Full text...

  • Hospital Suspends Doctor Who Preferred Money To Patient
    12 april 2002 21:41:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A hospital in the southern city of Bulawayo Friday suspended a doctor who left a patient to die while he went to the bank to withdraw money. Full text...

  • Kenya's sacked air traffic workers seek presidential reprieve
    12 april 2002 15:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's air navigation services staff Friday appealed to President Daniel arap Moi to intercede on their behalf and reverse the termination of their appointments by authorities of the country's Directorate of Civil Aviation early this week. Full text...

  • Millions of African children still lack access to education
    12 april 2002 08:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Four in ten children of primary school age in sub Saharan Africa do not attend school, according to a new report released by UNESCO's Institute for Statistics. Full text...

  • UN agencies poised to return to Burundi
    11 april 2002 09:02:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Several UN agencies would shortly resume humanitarian assistance to some regions in Burundi classified "red zones" due to persistent insecurity, an official source hinted Wednesday. Full text...

  • France backs potable water project in Mali
    11 april 2002 08:17:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali has secured a French grant of 4,200 million francs CFA (more than 5 million US dollars) for a potable water project in the localities of Nioro and Diema, north-west of the country. Full text...

  • Algerian customs officers ignore strike call
    10 april 2002 19:23:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A call by Algeria's National Customs Union for a two-day strike starting Wednesday has, if anything, failed. Full text...

  • Two student leaders arraigned in Cotonou Wednesday
    10 april 2002 16:22:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Rodophe Sègnanka and Sabi Yérima Philbert, leaders of the National Union of Beninese Pupils and Students (UNSEB) Wednesday appeared before a magistrate court in Cotonou to answer criminal charges, legal sources said. Full text...

  • Anxiety grips Kenya's sacked air traffic controllers
    10 april 2002 14:23:00
    Mombasa- Kenya (PANA) -- Anxiety has gripped Kenyan air traffic controllers who have been dismissed at Mombasa's Moi International Airport as the government continued to hand out dismissal and suspension letters. Full text...

  • EU assists refugees in Zambia with 3 million Euro
    10 april 2002 11:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Commission's Humanitarian Office (ECHO), is providing three million Euro to help the Zambian government address refugee problems in the country. Full text...

  • Congo seeks international relief for displaced persons
    09 april 2002 23:18:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Minister of Health and Humanitarian action, Dr Léon Alfred Opimbat on Tuesday appealed for interntional relief assistance for persons displaced by attacks in the Pool area of Congo by Ninja militias since 29 March. Full text...

  • Trade union to protest against impunity in Senegal
    09 april 2002 09:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The National Confederation of Senegal's Workers (CNTS) has decided to stage a peaceful demonstration on 19 April to protest against impunity of those who burned on 21 March the trade unions' offices in Dakar, a union source has said. Full text...

  • Bangui University lecturers go on strike
    08 april 2002 23:33:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Part-time lecturers at the University of Bangui went on strike Monday to press for the payment of their two-year wage arrears. Full text...

  • South Africa elected vice chair of World Assembly on ageing
    08 april 2002 09:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will be represented at the five-day second World Assembly on Ageing, which opens Monday in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Full text...

  • Red Cross urges Zimbabwe to declare drought national disaster
    08 april 2002 09:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An international humanitarian organisation Monday urged the Zimbabwe government to declare a prevailing drought in the country as a national disaster to allow donors to chip in with food aid. Full text...

  • Kenyan air traffic controllers' strike begins to bite
    06 april 2002 10:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's striking air traffic controllers have ignored back to work orders from the government, vowing to press on their work stoppage until they get better salaries and allowances. Full text...

  • Air Madagascar director ignored by his staff
    05 april 2002 17:07:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Air Madagascar's employees continued their activities despite an announcement by the airline's Director General, James Andrianalisoa, that all flights had been suspended. Full text...

  • Malagasy carriers launch an unlimited strike
    04 april 2002 22:50:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Association of Road Transport Operators (APTR) and the National Council of Road carriers (CNOT) in Madagascar launched a general and unlimited strike Thursday to protest against insecurity on main national roads, union sources said. Full text...

  • Government, unions reach agreement in Guinea-Bissau
    03 april 2002 22:40:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- After long months of negotiations marked by strikes, Prime Minister Alamara Nhasse's new government in Guinea Bissau has reached an agreement with the country's trade unions, averting a strike scheduled to start Wednesday. Full text...

  • Benin officials take drills on labour rights
    03 april 2002 19:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 20 representatives from social agencies and Benin's Public Service and Labour ministry are undergoing a trainer-trainee course on fundamental labour principles and rights. Full text...

  • Tripartite meeting focuses on repatriation of Burundian
    03 april 2002 19:04:00
    refugees Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A ministerial level meeting involving the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) opened in the north- western town of Ngara Wednesday, focusing on the voluntary repatriation of thousands of Burundians who have lived in Tanzania as refugees for as long as a quarter century. Full text...

  • Mutiny in Algerian prison leaves 20 dead
    03 april 2002 12:45:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- About 20 people died in a mutiny that broke out Tuesday evening at Chelgoum El-Aid prison, in the Algerian district of Constantine, 450 km east of Algiers, a reliable source disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria consoles British royal family
    03 april 2002 09:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has sent a consolation message to the British royal family and Britons following the death of the Queen Mother, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Road accident kills four in Zimbabwe
    03 april 2002 08:31:00
    Chivhu- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Four people died and scores others injured in the southern town of Chivhu in Zimbabwe Tuesday when a bus overturned and landed on its back. Full text...

  • ILO says HIV/AIDS exacerbates child labour in Africa
    02 april 2002 18:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has observed that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is exacerbating child labour and child abuse problems in Africa. Full text...

  • Kenyan legislators support teachers over strike
    02 april 2002 17:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Members of a key Kenyan parliamentary committee Tuesday declared their intention to submit before the House a report seeking support for the envisaged strike by local teachers on 30 April. Full text...

  • Ivorian magistrates suspend strike to meet Gbagbo
    16 march 2002 19:07:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Magistrates in Côte d'Ivoire Friday evening suspended the week-long nationwide strike they began a day before to demand better working conditions and pay increment, a leader of the aggrieved judges said Saturday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Nigerian university teachers plan to strike Monday
    16 march 2002 15:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian University teachers will embark on a week-long work stoppage beginning next Monday to protest the refusal of the authorities to recall their sacked colleagues, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Amara Essy launches OAU/AU Website
    16 march 2002 09:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Organisation of African Unity's secretary general Amara Essy on Friday launched the continental body's Website, WWW. Full text...

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