6 March 2018

Ethiopia: Workers' Associations Crucial for Employee Productivity

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs underscored that the right to form association plays a crucial role in maximizing employee productivity and building sense of ownership apart from upholding workers' rights.

The Ministry Industrial Peace Relations Directorate Director Fikadu Gebru told The Ethiopian Herald recently that the objective of expanding investment opportunities in the country is not only to maximize the investors' profit margin, but also to protect workers' rights.

Moreover, investors are expected to create strong team spirit and healthy economic activities via allowing workers to form association, he said.

According to him, through the associations ,workers make union agreement with the management with a view to actively participating in a given organization's day to day activities.

Capitalizing on the formation of workers' association, he said that it would create conducive environment to workers and make them to stay for long in the organization. It as well benefit the employer as he/she will have good enough number of experienced workers, he added.

"When workers have a grievance against an organization, the turnover will be higher and this in turn harms the organization and leads to bankruptcy."

As to Fikadu, these-days,productive and service provider organizations need to be competent not only in local market but also in the international market.

He ,therefore,underlined the need for establishing workers' association aimed at realizing win-win deal.

The Second Growth and Transfor- mation Plan clearly indicates that the private sector would be an engine of economic growth and to advance private sector role, government provides incentives such as provision of tax holidays ,speedy tax and custom services.

Fikadu indicated that the govern- ment never interfere in forming workers' association, but it has a responsibility of creating awareness about workers' rights. " The pertinent entity which has a mandate to organize workers is the Ethiopian Workers Association Confederation."

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