Global Framework Agreements for Africa

As a tool developed by Global Union Federations (GUFs) to bring a social dimension to economic globalization there is now a good deal of discussion on the role of Global Framework Agreements4 (GFAs) and their efficacy in serving this purpose. With the first GFA signed as recently as 1989, it is too early to decide whether GFAs are a useful tool in the struggle for global solidarity or not. It is though time to examine some of their limitations and to look at processes which could make them more useful. The current discussions however, make little reference to the issues and position of African workers and African trade unions in this regard and do not include the voices of these organisations and workers. This project is therefore focused on GFAs in Africa as a contribution to the global discussion.