Ethiopia's four-day general strike ended on Sunday (10 March) afternoon and workers are expected to go back to their jobs on Monday (11 March).
GV EXT. Labour Headquarters building.
MV INT. Workers struggling to enter meeting.
GV INT. Meeting in progress.
GV AND CUS Students in university grounds chanting at police.
GV Army lorry through street near university.
CU Students banging on fence and chanting.
SCU Army officer swaggering PAN TO jeering students.
GV Delegation of elders enter Jubilee Palace grounds.
SV Emperor out of Palace on to terrace PAN TO Leaders bowing.
SV Spokesman reads address to Emperor. (2 shots)
SV ZOOM IN Emperor replies to address.
SV Emperor walks away.
SV Leaders applaud, turn and walk away.
CU Palace Guard
MV Emperor walks, with dog at heels, solitarily, back into Palace.
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Background: Ethiopia's four-day general strike ended on Sunday (10 March) afternoon and workers are expected to go back to their jobs on Monday (11 March).
A Labour Confederation spokesman said agreement had been reached and satisfactory replies had been received from the Government to the unions' list of 16 demands.
No details of the agreement were immediately available. But the unions' demands included an increased basic wage, improved social conditions and the rights of workers to organise themselves in essential services, such as electric light and power, the water board and telecommunications.
The general strike followed the recent uprising by Ethiopia's 60,000-strong armed forces.
This led to Emperor Haile Selassie -- aged 81 -- to promise reforms in the constitution and to accept the resignation of a Government that had ruled for over 10 years.
The new Prime Minister, Mr. Endalkatchen, 46, had been in office only a few hours when the labour unrest broke out.
Despite fears of violence -- triggered by demonstrating student radicals in the capital -- the four-day strike had been peacefully conducted in most areas.