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

November 23, 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.

All unions and international organisations defending human rights are called upon to support SNAPAP by sending letters to the President of the Republic of Algeria, demanding that Rachid Malaoui be reinstated as soon as possible and that the right to exercise his union mandate be guaranteed in accordance with Algerian law and Algeria’s international commitments.

In May 2013, Rachid Malaoui was removed from his post at the University of Continuous Education while he was about to take part in the International Labour Conference, organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO), last June, in Geneva. This type of harassment clearly demonstrates a desire to punish Rachid Malaoui because of his trade union activities and his commitment to defending human rights, in violation of Article 53 of Algerian Law No. 90-14 of 2 June 1990, which states that "no union delegate may be dismissed or transferred by his employer, nor can any disciplinary action be undertaken as a result of his/her union activities". In June and July 2013, both during and after the ILO’s International Labour Conference, several informal negotiations took place with the Ministry of Labour and other state institutions, during the course of which Rachid Malaoui was advised of the possibility of his eventual re-integration. Unfortunately, to this date, no concrete steps have been taken and all the attempts to have his case heard remain unanswered.

Please find attached:

  • A model letter to address to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Word)
  • A factsheet with the joint resolution and detailed background information (PDF)
  • Protest letters from PSI, ITUC, AFL-CIO

In order to join the Support Group for SNAPAP, please send a copy of your solidarity messages and your protest letters to the following email: Rights@world-psi.org

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