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(en) Italy: Alternativa Libertaria, Dec.04: Syndicalism: Not only Fabrizio - union repression in Mali (it)

From Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Sun, 12 Dec 2004 10:04:32 +0100 (CET)

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The president of the Citizens' Committe for the Integrated Development and
Promotion of Mali Railways (COCIDIRAIL), Tiécura Traoré, was sacked by his
company, the (French/Canadian) company Transrail, for having opposed the
privatization of Mali's railways. He needs the widest support possible
(committees, unions, associations, NGOs, public figures, etc) to fight the
repression he has been subjected to. His employers accuse him of a "lack of
loyalty" and "deliberate intention to damage" Société Transrail SA, and have
stopped his "salary, bonuses and allowances". Now his comrades believe that his
life is in danger, too.

For over a year Tiécura Traoré, an engineer in railway operations, has
participated in the national campaign "for the restitution of the railways to
the people of Mali", railways which were sold in October 2003 to a
French-Canadian consortium. Radio broadcasts, petitions to parliamentarians
(already over 30,000 signatures), demonstrations all over the country, public
debates and meetings - all this has been done in order to question the legality
of provatizing a public utility and even led to the birth of Sytrail, a new
trade union for railway workers (the old ones disappeared some time ago).
Tiécura Traoré was elected as administrative secretary of this new union.

The son of railway workers, author of a doctoral thesis on railway management
and ex-director of the African railways educational sector in Brazzaville,
Tiécura Traoré enjoys great trust and the esteem of the rail workers and
citizens of Mali who oppose privatization and who support a railway system
which meets the needs of the people of Mali.

Since the railways were privatized, passenger traffic has been ignored, while
traffic of goods has multiplied by six!

Over two thirds of stations and stops have been closed (26 out of 36) in a
country where the railway was one of the main methods of transport. Numerous
villages are inaccessible due to the roads. Villages and fruit farms have grown
around train stations together with a whole range of economic activities which
are now in grave danger.

On Saturday 30th October, an assembly of social movements met in Bamako to
launch a protest campaign against "the intolerable attack on union rights and
social rights which is under way in this country" and to demand the
reinstatement of Tiécura Traoré.

* Cocidirail
BP A41 - Kati - République du Mali.
E-mail: cocidirail@yahoo.fr - drtiecouratraore@yahoo.fr
Tel: 00-223-639-08-71

More information at:
- http://www.afribone.com/actualite/lindependant/2004/1013.html
- http://penserpouragir.org/rubrique.php?id_rubrique=16


Alternativa Libertaria - December 2004
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