ILO launches programme in Ethiopia; focus on textile and clothing industry

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

11-July-2019  |  1 min read

Ethiopian Garment Industry
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The Ethiopian textile and garment sector is expected to undergo a much-needed transformation after the International Labour Organization (ILO) recently launched a programme to encourage and endorse decent work and inclusive industrialisation in Ethiopia, with an initial focus on textile and clothing industry.

Ethiopia hit the headlines recently, after a study by New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights underlined that entry-level workers in the Ethiopia’s garment industry are the lowest paid in the world –earning a mere US $ 26 a month.

Co-ordinated jointly with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Confederation of Trade Unions of Ethiopia, the Confederation of Businessmen of Ethiopia and the Confederation of Businessmen of the Ethiopian Industry, the ILO programme was inaugurated in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa last week, as per media reports.

The primary goal of the programme is to develop strategies to improve respect for workers’ rights, resulting in greater incomes and compensation, as well as enhanced safety, equality, voice and representation.

It also aims to increase the productivity and competitiveness of industry to enable the global competitive textile and clothing sector and to promote responsible and transparent governmental institutions.

It may be mentioned here that the ILO is already participating in a programme in Ethiopia, including its key components – Better Work, Vision Zero Fund, SCORE and LABADMIN – which kick-started earlier this year.

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