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On the occasion of the celebration of World Labor Day, Mélance Hakizimana, representative of Cosybu confides that the day arrives when Burundian workers are faced with many challenges. He asked the National Dialogue Council to demonstrate its role.

IWACU, an independent press in Burundi reported that violation of trade union rights, illegal dismissals, these are the major challenges faced by Burundian workers in their daily newspapers. This was said by Melance Hakizimana, representative of Cosybu (trade union confederation of Burundi) this Friday, May 01, during the celebration of World Labor Day.

He said that even if the government had adopted regulations on the exercise of the right to organize, there were still some institutions, both private and public, that violated this right. And to reinforce by noting that there are certain employers who have sworn never to accept the formation of unions in their institutions and certain leaders who meddle in the organization of unions.

“We do not stop hearing or seeing both private and public services, employees who are abused or dismissed arbitrarily for daring to claim their rights,” said Mr. Hakizimana.
To these violations of the right to organize, which often lead to arbitrary dismissals, the Cosybu representative also adds the poor organization of work, poor deployment of workers and non-compliance with the recommendations resulting from negotiations between employers and their employees. “There are some employees who were fired because they couldn’t get to where they were assigned.”

The Ministry of Function and the social dialogue committee called to play their role

For this, Melance Hakizimana asked the Ministry of the Civil Service and the social dialogue committee to stop playing spectators and to exercise their role of negotiator between workers and their employees.
He also calls on the Department of Justice to do its best to ensure that the files of illegally dismissed employees are processed as quickly as possible. 

And to urge that these employees be returned to their jobs without asking too much.

As for the workers, the representative of Cosybu advises them, in case of conflict with their bosses, the best way is not to run in political parties. He urged them to contact the institutions in charge of the Social Dialogue Committee.

Celebrated three weeks before the elections, the President of the Republic in his speech to the nation, read by his First Vice-President Gaston Sindimwo, calls on all workers to go to their offices daily and to avoid being distracted by the countryside .

Note that the activities marking the celebration of World Labor Day were started by a parade of employees of different state, banking and insurance institutions as well as certain private institutions, working in Burundi.

He added that this day saw the presence of the mayor of the city of Bujumbura and the First Vice-President of the Republic accompanied by his wife.

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