Leveraging integration and regional value chains is among the identified priority pathways for driving economic growth and building resilience in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.
Knowing where and how a company is situated in the value chains can help the trade union understand how to best negotiate for better pay or conditions of work and how best to direct its organising efforts to build power in value chains.
Effective trade unions act at a local, sectoral and global level in their efforts to tackle inequality in value chains. Ideas and ways of thinking that help us renew our strategies for organising and bargaining are important, and value chain analysis offers just such an opportunity.
Extracted from the 2019 Bargaining Indicators publication of the Labour Research Service, this article attempts to introduce the trade union reader in the sub-Saharan Africa region to the concept of value chains.