Speak against labour rights violation! IndustriALL urges Ethiopia’s women workers

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

17-June-2019  |  2 mins read

IndustriALL organising garment and textile sector in Ethiopia
Image Courtesy: industriall-union.org

IndustriALL has urged the women garment and leather workers of Ethiopia to come forward and speak and act against labour rights violation.

This was one of the major points of discussion at the recently concluded women’s meeting in Adama, where women with over 30 years experience in garment industry, spoke about the deplorable conditions under which they were working.

The meeting was organised by the Industrial Federation of Textile Leather and Garment Workers Trade Union (IFTLGWTU), an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, in association with FNV Mondiaal.

One of the women workers, Mulutesfa Anbachew, said that she is suffering from asthma and kidney illness majorly due to to unsafe drinking water and dusty floors inside factory premises. She added that employers have refrained from providing any help and have instead asked her to resign if she is unhappy.

Endorsing her views, Etalemahn Tadesse, another worker, said that she has severe pain in her knees and the fact that the factory doesn’t provide transport services to any of the employees, only adds to her woes. She also added that on wages part, there was continual discrimination especially against older workers. The women workers applauded the efforts of IndustriALL to help them stand up for their rights.

“We will continue our efforts to enable women workers speak against violation of labour rights and will also prioritise social dialogue with important stakeholders including the Government,”said Paule France Ndessomin, Regional Secretary, IndustriALL Sub Saharan Africa.

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