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2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Djibouti

Publisher International Trade Union Confederation
Publication Date 6 June 2013
Cite as International Trade Union Confederation, 2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Djibouti, 6 June 2013, available at: [accessed 18 January 2018]
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Intervention in strike actions and anti-union discrimination: Dock workers who had gone on a legitimate strike were detained for 10 days. 9 union members and one union leader were dismissed as a result of the strike.

Intimidation of trade union leaders: Police are constantly watching the house of the General Secretary of the Union of Djibouti Workers. The General Secretary's family received frequent threats and had to move to Ethiopia.

Occupation of trade union office: The office of the Union of Djibouti Workers was occupied for one year by the Youth and Sports Ministry.

No access to effective systems to remedy violations: Union lawyers are intimidated by threats so that unions have limited access to lawyers to defend their cases in court.

Infringements of basic freedoms: The General Secretary of the Union of Djibouti Workers was stopped from traveling to Geneva in June 2012 by the President of Djibouti.

Workers are excluded from freedom of association: Workers in companies such as Machida Transit and taxi drivers were prevented from establishing a union. Civil personnel in the French army were prevented from joining a union.

Promotion of yellow unions by the government: The government is providing financial resources to yellow unions which are represented in tripartite bodies and at international level.

Union accounts have been frozen: The government is a shareholder in many banks and has frozen unions' accounts and prevented unions from receiving external funds.

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