In recent years labour studies have experienced resurgent interest and important advances: from viewing labour issues in a linear and geographically insulated manner to a global re-centred approach and scope. Despite this “global” approach and agenda within different fields, research and investments have not been occurring with a geographically and sectoral distribution. Indeed, Africa has received woefully insufficient attention. Thus, this event stands as an opportunity to provide key insights about labour issues – such as labour regimes, labour relations, trade unionism, rural vs. urban labour, labour ethnicisation, disabled labour, and so on – from an interdisciplinary and intersectoral perspective.