International Labour organization has launched a comprehensive and coordinated programme in Ethiopia with an initial focus on the garment and textile industries.
Ethiopian Government’s plan to lift textile and garment industry under GTPII to become a middle-income country by 2025 has given a rise in poor working conditions resulting in low productivity, high turnover and absentee as well as weak regulatory institutions, coupled with the limited capacity of the workers’ and employers’ organisations.
With the launch of decent work programme earlier this year, ILO aims towards improved respect of workers’ rights leading to greater incomes and compensation, and enhanced safety, equality, voice, and representation. The decent working conditions in turn will give fillip to the industrial productivity hence more production and competitiveness.
BetterWork, Vision Zero Fund, SCORE and LABADMIN – four key ILO’s components will be used to achieve the programme’s aim. Better Work, the ILO-IFC collaborative programme, will engage with workers, enterprises and government bodies to strengthen workers’ rights and use it to support businesses and create effective labour regulation.
Productivity and working conditions in SMEs will be undertaken in ILO’s SCORE programme through SCORE Training. The training module combines practical classroom training with in-factory consulting and encourages the use of best international practice in the manufacturing and service sectors.
Vision Zero Fund (VZF), an initiative of the G7 countries, whose main focus is on preventing death and injuries at workplace will focus on working with government, factories and workers to ensure workers are covered by sustainable prevention, protection and compensation system.
At last, LABADMIN (Labour Administration, Labour Inspection) in ILO Ethiopia will work towards enhancing compliance capacity of the labour inspectorate, design labour inspection information and knowledge management system, build technical and material capacity of labour inspectorate and establish a factory level assessment and remediation system.
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