In the overall context of the above and in consonance with prevailing socio-economic and political developments therefore, the objectives of OTUWA include the following:
Bring the voice and visibility of West African workers to ECOWAS and other International labour platforms;
Highlight labour-related problems in the West African sub-region and focus national labour centres’ attention on these issues as a means of addressing them;
Facilitate trade union unity and engagement of national unions in popularising worker-related issues and policies contained in ECOWAS protocols and policies geared towards promoting the integration process.
To work towards full, decent and freely chosen employment and the elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race, sex, nationality or creed.
To fight for the improvement of working and living conditions including the extension and sustenance of social security coverage to everyone.
To promote greater gender equality; and
To promote the ratification and effective implementation of International Labour Standards.