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.
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.