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Ethiopian Unions Form Women’s Committee

2 April, 2014IndustriALL women members in Ethiopia unite to fight inequality and to organize more women into unions.

Organizing efforts in Ethiopia’s textile sector stepped up

11 June, 2014Worker leaders from textile factories in Ethiopia came together to develop strategies for organizing unorganized workers.

Ethiopian and South African unions discuss collective bargaining strategies

20 August, 2019A mission to Cape Town by seven Ethiopian trade unionists, 13-15 August, provided an opportunity for learning and sharing of strategies and tactics on social dialogue and collective bargaining.

Unions fear job losses if AGOA eligibility is withdrawn from Ethiopia

20 October, 2021Ethiopian unions fear that millions of jobs will be lost if the United States withdraws the country’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which gives duty-free access to the country’s textile, garments, shoe, leather and other products.

Massive job losses reverse union gains in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park

21 July, 2022After a long and difficult campaign to gain access to organize and recruit members in Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, the Industrial Federation of Textile, Leather, and Garment Workers Trade Union (IFTLGWTU) says its efforts are unravelling from the huge job losses caused by factory closures.

PROFILE: Organizing in the garment and textile sector in Ethiopia

20 May, 2019On 7 March, thousands of textile and garment workers went on strike at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, demanding better wages, safe working conditions and an end to sexual harassment. The workers were not represented by a trade union, because for the past two years, management at the industrial park has refused to allow unions to organize. 

Strengthening union organizing as Ethiopia industrializes

12 August, 2018With more industrial parks being opened in Ethiopia as part of government’s industrialization strategies, unions are taking the opportunity to recruit, organize and build their capacity for effective collective bargaining. 

Union busting at Shints garments in Ethiopia condemned

30 July, 2020Over a number of years, management at Shints ETP Garments built cordial industrial relations with the union at the factory at Bole Lemi industrial park in Addis Ababa. Unfortunately, recent changes in management have seen the introduction of union busting tactics that are pushing back the gains.

Ethiopia: workers strike for a union in Hawassa industrial park

26 March, 2019With no commitment towards addressing their grievances, thousands of textile and garment workers at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, went on strike 13-15 March demanding that the employers act on sexual harassment, improve health and safety and increase wages.

We don’t support low wages says Ethiopian labour minister

12 July, 2019Low wages in the textile and garment sector of less than US$30 per month are being widely condemned by trade unions in Ethiopia. Now the government is also calling for minimum living wages.