May Day to be marked on May 3 Featured

29 Apr 2016

The Union will take advantage of the the Day to draw attention and awareness to the fact that problems facing the effort to implement workers rights to organize and bargain.

The Confederation of Ethiopian Trader Union (CETU) said yesterday that the 2016th edition of 'May Day' will be marked on May 3, two days after its conventional celebration date, amidst plan to elevate its unionization work. The 41th 'May Day will be marked with the theme: 'Implementing Workers Rights to Associations is an Expression of Good Governance'.

Briefing journalists CETU President Kassahun Folle said that in relation to the effort waged by the government to ensure good governance, the Union will take advantage of the the Day to draw attention and awareness to the fact that problems facing the effort to implement workers rights to organize and bargain, which are stipulated in the Constitution and international laws the country ratified, as issues of good governance.

The date will be marked with a tripartite panel meeting organized in collaboration with Addis Ababa City Administration Labour and Social Affairs Bureau.

Meanwhile on the occasion, Kassahun also highlighted activities carried out by the Union and its plans aimed at furthering unionization work.

Kassahun said that so far without incorporating this year's numbers, CETU has organized 500,000 workers under 1,182 associations in a bid to help workers defend their rights and close the door to employee grievances.

He said the main gripe with regard to protecting workers right is lack of awareness on the side of the workers themselves, especially when it comes to realizing the extent of the mandate of the Union and how it can help them. “Many people don't know but the mandate to raise awareness of employees or workers is of the government executive entities, and what we can do is to organize them after that”.

“In adjacent to organizing employees - which we have decided to elevate to a regular work from the campaign-style we used to do - we give training to workers to show them the ropes on how to better protect their rights, though grievances are still echoed,” Kassahun said.

The President also said that CETU will work to underline the plan to revise the tax laws to increase the domain of non-taxable minimum salaries to the government.

BY ROBEL YOHANNES

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