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ITUC-Africa has made pledges within the framework of its 2009–2012 strategic plan and intends to initiate capacity building actions in the socioeconomic area to support its members and also to carry weight in social dialogue in the course of consultations at continental level. This survey is an evidence. However, the tendencies of the recent past of Africa make us think that the negative implications of the current crises might last. Nevertheless, significant changes can lead to an improvement of the situation. Two alternatives are therefore possible for the future:

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    Alternative A: Continuing degradation

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    Alternative B: Improvement

In the current context, trade unions have to work for the implementation of alternative B. To this end, given the situation, trade unions must mobilise themselves to push leaders to take actions so that sustainable solutions can be found. They should undertake concrete actions to improve their knowledge of the subject, sensitise workers and propose alternatives to leaders. This supposes some strategies in the following areas:

  • Information and research

  • Organizing

  • Capacity building in the area of socio-economic analysis

  • Bargaining

In order to answer the following questions: - How? – When? - With whom? – With what means, - For what purpose?

By so doing, ITUC-Africa and African trade unions would be able to influence the development strategies of states and international, continental, regional and country institutions, so that in their implementation, the concerns of the African people and workers can be taken into account in the following areas:

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