Delegates from 20 African countries gathered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday (2 November) for a conference of African Labour Administrators.
Delegates from 20 African countries gathered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday (2 November) for a conference of African Labour Administrators. The conference was organised under the auspices of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), and it was due to last five days.
SYNOPSIS: The first session was held in Africa Hall, and Mr. Ato Ymane Araya of Ethiopia was elected Chairman.
One of he first delegates to accept his invitation was the Algerian delegate, Mr. Messouaf Abbas, who addressed the delegates in French.
Mr. Abbas referred to the report of the Secretary General of the OAU, which had been presented to the conference, in which the Secretary General had complained that many African governments did not implement recommendations form OAU committees on industrial relations. He said that by their inaction, those governments were failing to represent the true aspirations of the African peoples.
Mr. Abbas emphasised that all governments should ensure that companies and businesses maintained adequate health facilities, and that training within the companies was compulsory. The control and application of such important matters, said Mr. Abbas, was the duty of all labour administrators.