Building the capacity of government and social partners on International Labour Standards, Social Dialogue, and Inclusive Collective Bargaining in the agro-processing sector

News | 03 April 2023

The Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU) in collaboration with the ILO ProAgro Ethiopia project provided training on International Labour Standards, Social Dialogue, and Inclusive Collective Bargaining in the agro-processing sector from 29 - 31 March 2023 in Hawassa. A total of 27 (five female and 22 male) representatives from Sidama region government institutions as well as employers' and employees' representatives operating in the agro-processing sector attended the three-day training.

Diribsaa Legesse, Deputy Head, Industrial Relation and Organization, CETU underlined the importance of providing training to improve workers’ and employers’ relationship towards increasing productivity by creating good working conditions and regulations.

      Diribsaa stated in his opening remarks “Having knowledge about international standards and the rules and regulations related to workers and employers will help to bring a positive change. It is important to understand the context of the working condition of the workplace to improve the situation. Therefore, this training is very instrumental for everyone taking part.”                                   
Ayalu Admass, National Project Coordinator, ILO ProAgro Project presented the work of the ILO and the ProAgro project implementation and progress made so far toward improving the working conditions and productivity in the agro-processing sector in Ethiopia.

Tsegaye Ayele, Vice President, Sidama Employers Federation expressed his appreciation for the ILO and CETU in conducting the training that helps to increase employers’ knowledge and workers’ skills to improve the working relationship of workers and employers that ultimately will increase productivity.

Meskerem Chota, a Production Supervisor from Sunvado, an organic avocado oil sourcing and processing company located inside Yirgalem Industrial Park, Sidama Region appreciated the topics discussed during the three-day training. He said “A number of issues have been discussed for example decent work, health and safety of workers, pension, insurance, and incentives. Having a good understanding of these topics will help middle-level managers to better engage with top management to improve the working condition and payment for the workers”.
“CETU appreciates the support from the ILO in organizing this training in support of the work of the Ethiopian trade union.”
Chanyalew Aweke, Awassa Branch Office Head, CETU

About CETU
The Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU) was founded in 1963 as an umbrella organization of trade unions in Ethiopia. CETU is affiliated with nine industrial federations and 2,120 basic trade unions with a total of 800,000 members. CETU’s primary mandate is to promote and defend the interests of workers in Ethiopia through social dialogue and collective bargaining. CETU participates in developing policies, and regulations related to workers together with the government and others.