A workshop was organised in Addis Ababa recently with the objective of training women textile and garment workers on labour law.
The 5-day workshop focused on the role of law in job contracts and made women employees understand why contracts should be in writing. The forum was facilitated by Alem Abraha, a legal expert from Mekelle University.
The seminar, which attracted good participation of women from textile and garment sector, touched on subjects like freedom of association, duties of workers and employers as well as laws on basic rights of workers.
There was also a good discussion on important topics like grievance handling and settling disputes at the workplace.
The women were also made aware that Ethiopia had ratified ILO conventions with regard to freedom of association, collective bargaining and also protection of the right to organise.
Laws regarding health were also discussed like the employer must appoint a health and safety officer, provide protective equipment and also report accidents.
The workshop was organised by Industrial Federation of Textile, Leather, and Garment Workers Union in association with IndustriALL Global Union regional office for Sub Saharan Africa and FNV Mondiaal.