Challenges for the Ethiopian Textile and Garment Industry

Recent challenges in the textile and garment industry, the industrial parks development in Ethiopia as well as questions related to the national living wage were at the center of discussions among representatives from basic trade unions from the textile federation, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA), the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) as well as private companies working on the production and supply of textile and garment in Ethiopia.

The three days’ workshop “Organizing the International Supply Chain” took place from May 22nd -24th 2018 in the Goethe-Institute Addis Abeba and was jointly organized by IndustriAll Global Unions and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. It was attended by various representatives from abroad, among others, Ms. Christina Hajagos-Clausen from IndustriAll in Geneva.

Besides the tripartite dialogue between employees, employers and the government the conference offered important insights from Bangladesh. Ms. Nazma Akter shared the challenges she faced in unionizing the garment and textile sector of Bangladesh and the importance of attracting more workers into the trade unions as that is their only strength. Her input was most valuable for the discussion.