• Short Summary

    A four-day strike by about 800 Ethiopian postal workers ended in Addis Ababa on Friday (26 April) after they had achieved some of their demands and been told the rest would be fulfilled within a month.

  • Description

    A four-day strike by about 800 Ethiopian postal workers ended in Addis Ababa on Friday (26 April) after they had achieved some of their demands and been told the rest would be fulfilled within a month.

    The postal strike took place against a background of continuing social and political unrest in Ethiopia. In recent weeks the shaky government of Prime Minister Endalkachew Makonnen has faced a series of industrial strikes that have threatened the country's fragile economy.

    Railwaymen, civil servants, hospital worker, dockers and busmen are among those who've taken strike action. Addis Ababa's university has been shut down, and police and soldiers have mutinied in some parts of Ethiopia.

    Postal services were paralysed on Tuesday (23 April) when the postal workers went on strike to back long-standing pay grievances. The dispute dated back two years, but since Ethiopia's internal crisis flared up in February, demands for the removal of allegedly corrupt and incompetent officials had been added to calls for higher pay.

    The Minister for Communications and Posts, Lt. General Assefa Ayene, managed to fulfil some of the demands after several meetings with the caretaker committee representing the post office employees.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA886FWKBNMM2KTQ0FZK7S58N3D
    Media URN:
    VLVA886FWKBNMM2KTQ0FZK7S58N3D
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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