Biruk Alemu @Birukalemu21
Addis Ababa – The Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU) has called on the government to ratify international labor laws relating to domestic workers, migrant workers and workplace harassment.
The confederation asked the government for the ratification and effective implementation of the ILO Convention on migration for employment n°97 and the convention on migrant workers n°143, the convention on domestic workers n° 189 and Convention on Violence and Harassment No. 190.
“Our country is home to millions of migrant workers and hundreds of thousands of national and international domestic workers. We have launched a campaign to ratify the conventions and incorporate them into the legislation of our country,” said Kassahun Follo, president of the confederation. The laws will enable the establishment of a good migrant workforce that will protect victims of violence and harassment and ensure gender equality, he added.
The President explained that unemployment, poverty, incessant and protracted conflicts, lack of equitable distribution of wealth, climate change and natural disasters, famine, population growth and other factors have made the country a source increasing labor migration. According to him, in the past five years alone, more than 839,000 Ethiopians, the majority of whom are women, have fled the country.
There are up to 53 million domestic workers worldwide who suffer from poor working conditions, dangerous insurance, unpaid wages, physical and sexual abuse, forced labor and human trafficking, explained President.
In Ethiopia, there are no laws regulating the issue of domestic workers and employee relations, which makes domestic workers vulnerable to abuse, Kassahun noted. The President called on the government, partners and other stakeholders to work towards the proper management of labor issues. He promised that the confederation will continue to push the government to ratify and implement international conventions Nos. 189, 97, 143 and 190.
The confederation called on the government to provide a durable solution for industrial park workers in light of the revocation of AGOA benefits in Ethiopia, at its biannual conference last week. AS