ILO conducts first advisory visit to factories in Addis Ababa and Hawassa

ILO made its first advisory visit to registered factories in Addis Ababa and Hawassa to discuss with employers and workers on the key challenges of improving working conditions and productivity followed by supervisory skills training.

Press release | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 15 April 2019
Addis Ababa (ILO News): ILO conducted its first advisory visit in mid-April with registered factories in Addis Ababa and Hawassa. Discussion was held with employers and workers to understand the key challenges affecting the factories to improve working conditions and productivity. Central to the discussion is on-boarding local and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) factories in and outside of the industrial parks across the country to enrol in ILO’s Better Work Programme which aimed at bringing about continuous improvement through assessments, advisory and training services. In addition, in depth support will be provided for the factory on productivity improvement (SCORE) and Occupational safety and Health (Vision Zero Fund) through targeted and demand driven interventions.

Training on human resource management, supervisory skills (particularly for women), cultural orientation, worker retention strategies, workplace cooperation and communication as well as collaboration with labour inspectors to enhance inspection capacity, prevention and remediation of occupational injuries and diseases and productivity enhancements will be key areas of focus during the full programme cycle.

With the overall vision of advancing decent work and inclusive industrialization in Ethiopia, the ILO in partnership with its tripartite constituents is implementing this comprehensive and coordinated programme at the regional, national, sectorial and factory level with an initial focus on the garment and textile industries. Through this interventions, the ILO and its tripartite constituents aim to achieve improved workers wellbeing in terms of rights, income, compensation, safety, equality, voice and representation and a higher industry productivity and competitiveness and ultimately provide a blueprint for the rollout of decent work practices into other industries.

To date, the ILO have registered 14 international and 4 local factories into the programme with more interested factories in the pipeline.

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