The Solidarity Fund in Action: Guinea

The trade union movement in Guinea led massive demonstrations early in 2007 following the government’s failure to honour agreements it had signed with the unions, as well as to protest at the incompetence and corruption of the government, which is known to be one of the most corrupt in the world. The authorities reacted by killing 129 demonstrators, injuring some 1,700 and attacking trade union offices. The ITUC stepped in to provide assistance to the unions, and build international pressure on the government to reach an agreement with them. An agreement was eventually reached, but once again the government broke its side of the bargain, and has continued its anti-union repression since that time.