Solidarity with Algeria

Although Algeria ratified Convention 87 and article 53 of the Algerian law (90-14, 2nd June 1990) states that that "no union delegate may be dismissed or transferred by his/her employer, nor can any disciplinary action be undertaken as a result of his/her union activities", trade unionists have for many years been harassed, threatened, and arrested as a result of legitimate trade union activities.
PSI, together with its affiliates CGATA and SNAPAP, continue to urge the Algerian government and campaign for the respect of peaceful and legitimate trade union activities, to stop criminalisation of trade union leaders, activists and other dissenting voices in the country.

Algeria: Reinstate Rachid Malaoui and end trade union rights violations now!

23 November 2013
SNAPAP logo and photo of Rachid Malaoui

Public Services International, together with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF), the Comité International de Soutien au Syndicalisme Autonome Algérien/CISA (International Support Committee for Autonomous Algerian Trade Unions), the Solidarity Center from AFL-CIO and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), is calling for international action in solidarity with Algerian trade union SNAPAP, including the reinstatement of SNAPAP President, Rachid Malaoui.

ILO Director General meets with SNAPAP union representatives in Algeria

20 April 2013

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder met with trade union respresentatives, including PSI affiliate SNAPAP, on 16th April, during his visit to Algeria for the 40th Arab Labour Conference in Algiers.

A delegation of 100 Algerians prevented from attending the World Social Forum !

26 March 2013

PSI was dismayed to learn yesterday, March 25, 2013, that a caravan of SNAPAP trade unionists, human rights activists, members of the national committee for the defense of the rights of the unemployed, and the women's committee was prevented from crossing the border into Tunisia to attend the World Social Forum.

Algerian union organises unemployment forum - but authorities harass and expel participants

26 February 2013
Police confronting demonstrators in Algeria

PSI affiliate SNAPAP, together with representatives of unemployed graduates and young precarious workers from Tunisia and Morocco, organised a meeting of the North African Union to Fight Unemployment and Precarious Work in Algeria on 19-21 February. However, the Algerian authorities prevented anyone from entering or leaving the meeting venue. They also raided the hotel where trade unionists were staying and arrested five Moroccans, three Tunisians and three Mauritians, who were taken directly to the airport and deported, without being able to inform their families.

PSI denounces the violations and attacks on trade union rights and human rights in Algeria

18 October 2012

The security services in Algeria have arrested and assaulted twelve unionists who were peacefully protesting to support their colleague, Saad Bourekba, that has been indicted for sabotaging the computer network. PSI has sent a letter of protest to the President of Algeria.

Hunger strikers risk their lives to try to break deadlock

15 June 2012

Forty days into their protest, nine Algerian justice workers are still waiting for the government to acknowledge their demands. Giuliana Sgrena reports. Hour by hour, day by day, the condition of the nine justice workers (six women and three men) on hunger strike in Algeria continues to deteriorate. The hunger strike, which began on 6 May, is taking place in the capital, Algiers, near the offices of the Algerian National Independent Union of Public Administration Workers (SNAPAP), to which the workers belong.

Algerian trade unionists in critical condition as hunger strike enters fifth week

06 June 2012

In protest against repeated human and trade union rights violations, nine union members, five women and four men, began an unlimited hunger strike on 6 May in Algiers, Algeria. Despite urgent requests for meetings, and daily reports on the hunger strikers' rapidly deteriorating health, the government continues to refuse to address the judicial workers’ issues.