Organising workers for trade union unity of action, density and quality public services in East Africa

The objective of this project is that trade unions in the public sector increase union density within their sectors and increase unity of action.

This project was put in place after a planning meeting from which it was established that East Africa unions face the following challenges:

  • Low trade union density and high demarcation conflicts that lead to hefty costs on court cases

  • low recruitment of new members

  • loss of members due to termination, natural attrition and splinter unions

  • lack of organising plans thus declining revenue

  • poor visibility of unions

  • conflicts over organising within the same sectors


Young workers from eight Kenyan PSI affiliates came together on International Youth Day, 12 August 2021, for a training session in the framework of the PSI project “Organizing workers for trade union unity of action, density and quality public services” sponsored by Kommunal/Union to Union.

Young workers union training on International Youth Day 2021

The project will concretely ensure that unions engage in organising, increase the recruitment of new members and reduce the demarcation disputes between unions through agreements.

Beneficiaries are trade union/county leaders, education officers, branch officials, shop stewards, unorganised workers and civilians who utilize public services.

Article written by Phil Wilmot and Twinomugisa Pius for ROAR magazine

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