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Midroc Construction Workers Say Will End Strike

The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa), 3 April 2001

Addis Ababa—Some 2,000 MIDROC Construction Company workers who have been on strike for the last 38 days agreed to resume work beginning from tomorrow, union leaders told The Daily Monitor.

The protracted labour dispute that has ensued for the last four years between employees and the company’s management was over salary increments, alleged illegal termination of workers’ contracts and firing of 6 labour union leaders. The total number of employees allegedly fired by the company totals 843.

In a negotiation brokered by Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) yesterday morning, MIDROC Basic Labour Union (MBLU) leaders have reportedly stated that MOLSA has promised to negotiate and resolve the matter in due course of time.

It is more of a promissory note than an actual agreement. Because none of our demands that led us to the strike are yet met, a striker who asked anonymity told The Daily Monitor.

None of the labour union leaders have been taken back. Moreover, three of the six union leaders allege they have been questioned and interrogated by police who they say told them not to approach the premisse of MIDROC Construction Company.