SYNATEB : a radical trade union in Burkina Faso

mercredi 7 juin 2006
mis à jour samedi 20 janvier 2007

For several years, we have established relationships with comrades from SYNATEB. Their experience is very rich and we have a lot to learn from them...

SYNATEB
(SYNDICAT NATIONAL DES TRAVAILLEURS DE L’EDUCATION DE BASE)

NATIONAL OFFICE
02 BP 5778 OUAGADOUGOU 02
TEL (00226) 50 31 36 71
CEL (00226) 70 26 79 16
mail : synateb2005@yahoo.fr

ABOUT THE SYNATEB

The SYNATEB is an Education Union in Burkina Faso. It was founded on May 28, 1995 in Tenkodogo, about 185kms South-East of Ouagadougou, the capital. Its National Office is in Ouagadougou.

The SYNATEB’s motto is :
« Unity - Fighting Spirit - Justice »

The SYNATEB is established nationwide and consists of :
- over 19,000 members ;
- 13 regional councils ;
- 45 provincial branches ;
- 160 sub-branches ;
- over 200 departmental committees .

Its newspaper, « LE PROGRES » (Progress), is published every other month when sufficient funding is available.

The SYNATEB is a member of the Council of Democratic Mass Organizations and Parties called CODMPP (« Collectif des Organisations Démocratiques de Masses et de Partis Politiques »), which was founded after acclaimed journalist Norbert ZONGO and three friends were murdered on December 13, 1998.

The SYNATEB is also a member of :
- The SOCIAL ALERT branch in Burkina ( ASAB )
- The « Education for All » National Coalition of Burkina
- The GMO-Watch National Coalition ( CV-OGM - Coalition Nationale de Veille face aux OGM)
- The CGTB Union committee, including the SYNATEB and several other unions :

  • The CGTB - Confédération Générale du Travail du Burkina (General Trade Union Confederation) ;
  • The SYNATIC - Syndicat Autonome des Travailleurs de l’Information et de la Communication (News and Media)
  • The SATB - Syndicat autonome des Travailleurs du Trésor du Burkina (Public Revenue) ;
  • SYNTAS - Syndicat National des Travailleurs de l’Action Sociale (Social workers).

SYNATEB POLICIES

The SYNATEB is committed to rallying all the workers in the field of basic education in order to... :
- defend the moral and practical interests of its members
- fight for the preservation and development of democratic freedom and union rights
- fight for an appropriate education for all children of Burkina
- improve the quality of education
- fight illiteracy
- support and advance the status and working conditions of the teaching profession
- keep in tune with the struggles and claims of the working classes of Burkina
- work for the unity of action of the unions
- support and promote the struggles of exploited and oppressed workers around the world

THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE SYNATEB :

- Democratic Centralism

Democratic Centralism implies the right of every union member to express themselves and stand up for their viewpoints inside the union ; it also means that every member will comply with the decisions taken by a majority of them.

- Criticism and self-criticism

Criticism and self-criticism allow to reveal and correct individual and collective mistakes ; they are meant to reinforce the Union, and they apply to all members with no exception.

JOINING THE SYNATEB

All people employed in the field of basic education of Burkina, whether in the public or private sectors, regardless of their religion, ideological beliefs or political affiliation, are elligible to join the SYNATEB as long as they commit themselves to the fundamental principles and policies of the SYNATEB.

CONNECTIONS - AFFILIATIONS

The SYNATEB can build links with other unions or human rights organizations in Burkina or abroad in accordance with its objectives and principles.

The SYNATEB can affiliate itself to any group of Unions that complies with its basic principles and revolutionary, progressive, antiimperialistic, class struggle values.

A decision of affiliation must be voted for in the union’s congress by the absolute majority of delegates, who need to be present in person at the congress, duly commissioned and up-to-date with their subscription.

MAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE SYNATEB

The main activities of the SYNATEB are :
1°) Information and training for union members about union rights, human rights, fair ruling, employment law, cultural and social rights.
2°) professional training for education workers
3°) promoting quality education for all children in Burkina
4°) union negotiations
5°) actions of protest such as strikes, demonstrations, marches, sit-ins...

In Ouagadougou, on September 20, 2004

National secretary Tahirou TRAORE

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