The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) jointly with its trade union partner “the Congrès du Travail et de la Fraternité (COTRAF -Rwanda)” implement a EU-funded 3 years project to foster social protection, social dialogue, minimum wages and the respect of national and international labour norms in Rwanda. The project targets three sectors: Mining, tea and education.
Through EU Project, FES aims to contribute to the promotion of an effective social dialogue, social protection and the implementation of national and international labor standards in Rwanda. Effective social dialogue, social protection and respect of fundamental labour rights can only be realized if workers’ interests are effectively represented and advocated for by strong trade unions.
While strengthening institutional capacity of COTRAF and its member unions, FES also supports COTRAF Rwanda with knowledge materials for raising awareness about social dialogue and decent work as well as project’s product to help other worker organizations and informal workers in their campaigns to advocate for their causes and to promote Social dialogue on enterprise level which is often not well developed neither in the tea ,education nor mining industry. The second important condition for securing decent work in tea, education and mining sector is to convince both employers and government that an effective social dialogue is not inimical but rather key for economic growth and sustainable development. This is in line with Rwandan vision where the government hopes to improve working and living conditions in its quest to transform Rwanda into a middle-income country by 2035.
By bringing together a diverse range of national and international stakeholders, conducting researches, capacity building, training and advocacy campaigns, FES supports COTRAF Rwanda in promoting decent work, raising awareness among employers and public officials at the national and local level on the need and benefits of an effective social dialogue and compliance with national and international labour standards and laws.
In the span of three years, FES main activities under EU Project includes: