May 27, 2024

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Rwanda Extractive Industry Workers Union Celebrates International Labor Day with Achievements in Mining Sector

Rwanda's Minister of Labor, Bayisenge Jeannette chatting with the SG of REWU Trade Union, Eng. Andre Mutsindashyaka

On May 1, 2024, the Rwanda Extractive Industry Workers Union (REWU) joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Labor Day by highlighting the significant achievements made in the mining sector.

One of the key achievements celebrated by REWU is the increase in the number of mining workers with written contracts, reaching 34%. This ensures that workers are provided for in terms of retirement benefits, accidents, and work-related incidents.

Furthermore, the workplace learning program has been strengthened, with 2,200 miners trained through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and receiving Rwanda TVET Board certificates. This program continues to provide skills development opportunities for miners.

The development of decent work in the mining sector through social dialogue has also made progress, with the signing of the eighth collective bargaining agreement between REWU and various mining companies. This has benefited 5,140 workers who now have written labor contracts, retirement plans, and other benefits such as paid maternity leave.

In addition, the placement of child care facilities in mining institutions has helped parents take care of their children and prevent issues such as stunting. This initiative demonstrates REWU’s commitment to creating a safe and supportive working environment for all miners.

Furthermore, REWU engaged in advocacy efforts, while employers worked in partnership with the Rwanda Mining Association to establish a secure working environment. This was done in accordance with the occupational safety and health policy established by the Rwanda Mining, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB).

Overall, REWU’s achievements in the mining sector highlight the progress being made towards ensuring fair labor practices and improving the well-being of workers in Rwanda.

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