ILO puts Ethiopia on the worst workers’ rights list


The International Labour Organization (ILO) listed Ethiopia as one of five countries having urgent cases concerning the right to organize, collective bargaining and social dialogue. ILO released a statement that shows Ethiopia along with Argentina, Peru, Cambodia, and Fiji, to have the most serious cases for freedom of association out of 32 countries that were examined. The ILO committee on Freedom of Association examined cases concerning employers and trade unions rights in the five countries to come to the conclusion that they had the worst records on worker’s rights.
The organization looked at the murder of four workers in Argentina. It also investigated the murder of three trade union leaders in Cambodia between 2004 and 2007. The committee strongly urged their government to carry out independent investigations into the assassination of the trade union organizers. It also urged the government to “punish the guilty parties and bring an end to the climate impunity in the country.”
Turning to Ethiopia the committee stated that it has “regretted that, four years after its registration request, the National Teachers Union (NTA) had still not been registered”. The committee strongly urged the Ethiopian government to ensure that the appropriate authorities register the NTA, in order to fully guarantee the rights of civil servants to the freedom of association.
Fiji also made it on the list for allegations of physical abuse, harassment and intimidation of trade union leaders and members by the government. Last September the Fijian government stopped the ILO from carrying out a mission to verify complaints over the lack of freedom of association made by local trade unions. 
The committee also considered a case in Peru, involving the murder of a trade union leader by the police back in 2008 during a protest in the mining sector.
The ILO body examined 29 other cases and noted with satisfaction that its recommendations were taken into consideration in cases related to the reinstatement of trade union members in Colombia and Peru and the registration of a trade union in Algeria.