Rights for



Who we are

REWU is a Rwandan Extractive industry Workers Union, which is organizing all workers in Mining and Quarry Companies and cooperatives in Rwanda from 2014. Given that mining sector is ranked second to boost Rwandan economy, after deep assessment of mining and quarries employees’ problems, given that we are back born of mining companies’ growth through advocacy for workers’ rights and solidarity we decided to gather ourselves and put in place a special union for this sector. Due to the efforts of our mobilization team, 2984 members are registered after one year of existing. We are targeting around 120,000 who are working within more than 500 registered companies and cooperatives involved in this sector.

Rwanda Extractive Industry Workers Union (REWU) is affiliated to REWU (Central de Syndicats des Travailleurs au Rwanda) and National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) at national level, to the COSOC – GL ”coalition des organisations de la societe civile luttant contre l’exploitation illegale des ressources naturelles dans la Region des Grand Lacs” (COSOC-GL), to the East African Trade union Confederation (EATUC) through REWU at regional level, it is also an  affiliate at international level to the Industrial Global Union, and to the Building Wood Workers International Union (BWI); REWU is operational since 2014 and has a sounding experience in cooperation with mines owners as well as to organize, mobilize and sensitize their employees. Up to now, REWU enrolled 12,600 members across the country. REWU was published in Rwanda Official Gazette No. 49 Bis of 08/12/2014.


Our Vision

The vision is to empower workers and their families, beneficiaries of mining fruits by improving  the quality of their lives along with contributing to the attainment of social justice and sustainable development in an atmosphere of democracy and solidality.

Our Mission

The mission is to privilege ways

to bring together workers of extractive industry, to defend their interests and living in good conditions.


 Bring together workers in areas of extractive industry and related activities to better defend their socio-professional interests;  Maintain and develop, among the extractive workers, unity and solidarity  Represent its members and defend their interests with their respective employers and associations of the latter, with different partners, public administration and the judiciary;  Contribute to all decisions concerning extractive workers and their families;  Fight against worst form child labor;  Ensure strict enforcement of social legislation and respect of collective agreements;  Work towards the promotion of democracy and social justice within companies  Promote and develop socio-economic actions to improve the welfare of extractive workers  Ensure participation of all extractive workers in business management and planning studies to improve their professional awareness and encourage improved performance for high productivity.

Our Activities

REWU is committed to:  Uphold the dignity of the labour and preserve, strengthen and protect extractive workers’ rights,  Educate, organize and negotiate collective agreements,  Enhance workers’ productivity,  Promote the physical, psychological, spiritual, moral, cultural, political and economic well-being of extractive workers,  Build alliance, forge partnerships and work concertedly with Government, Private sector, Civil Society organizations and social partners at national, regional and international level,  Participate effectively in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, laws and programs for good governance and national building regarding workers and their families.  Leading campaign Takes Every Rwandan to End Child Exploitation with World Vision


REWU is providing its services to around 120,000 workers involved in mines and queries countrywide in following areas:

  • Rights protection in favor of mines and queries workers,
  • Prevention of child labor in mining and queries sector;
  • Laws based awareness in favor of mines and quarries owners and their workers,
  • Capacity building in favor of employees and mines and queries for developing this career, and Social economic welfare for employees,

·          Training on Occupational safety and health principles.