Improving industrial relations for Decent Work and sustainable development in the Textile and Garment Industry, Ethiopia

A project that will focus on improving industrial relations for Decent Work and sustainable development of the textile and garment industrial relations will be launched in Ethiopia

A new three-year project - funded by Sweden, through Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and H&M and implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Industry, Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions and Ethiopian Employers Federation is launched at Arvind Lifestyle Apparel Manufacturing PLC, Bole-Lemi Industrial Zone , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The projects aims at aims at supporting the development of a socially sustainable textile and garment industry in Ethiopia through improved labour relations, productivity, wages and working conditions.

The project will assist the government, social partners and major industry stakeholders in their efforts to improve productivity, to promote social dialogue, and to improve wages and working conditions through nurturing sound labour relations practices and promoting collective bargaining.

At national level, the project will facilitate social dialogue among multiple stakeholders and support them to develop a common vision and strategies to make Ethiopia an African hub of socially responsible production of garments for both global and domestic markets.

At regional and sectoral level, the project will strengthen the regional labour administrations’ capacity for labour inspection and dispute settlement; and employers’, workers’ and their organizations’ organizational capacity by developing sound industrial relations and social dialogue practices.

At enterprise level, the project will provide capacity building support for employers and workers’ representatives in around twenty enterprises willing to make an explicit commitment to the principles of the ILO and to the emergence of a socially responsible garment industry in Ethiopia via the development of productive and democratic labour relations.

Improved industrial relations, working conditions and productivity is key for the sustainability of Garment and Textile Industry in Ethiopia.  However, the industry faces challenges related to industrial relations, working conditions and productivity that require action to improve governance and develop effective frameworks and practice in accordance international labour standards and national labour proclamation.