Madagascan dock workers are some of the lowest paid in the world. Some earn less than US$40 per month. Workers struggle to support themselves and their families despite long hours doing difficult, dangerous work.
In 2012, many of these workers joined the Syndicat Général Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA) to fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and unsafe working conditions at the Port of Toamasina. These workers faced intimidation and threats to their employment, with 43 dock workers unfairly dismissed for union activity in 2012.
The Malagasy 43 are now fighting back, and asking you to stand with them.
Sackings, intimidation and precarious work at the ICTSI Port of Toamasina. 43 dock workers were sacked by SMMC for fighting for better wages and against dangerous conditions. After joining their union, they faced intimidation and retaliation from management – who gave them two options: leave the union or lose their jobs. Workers refused and were sacked, contravening their rights to freedom of association. None of the 43 workers have been reinstated.
The Government of Madagascar must enforce its local labour laws.
This will ensure that SMMC reinstates the workers immediately, and that their union is allowed to organise and support workers in their fight to improve working conditions.
Your voice in this campaign matters. Email SMMC and the Madagascan Government and tell them to stand up for workers’ rights now.