More than 2,000 highway authority employees barricaded themselves in the authority's headquarters in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (24 April), in spite of an Ethiopian Government warning the previous day of stern action against strikers.
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Background: More than 2,000 highway authority employees barricaded themselves in the authority's headquarters in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (24 April), in spite of an Ethiopian Government warning the previous day of stern action against strikers.
The highway employees were demanding the dismissal of nine senior officials, more pay, a free press and the right to form their own trade union.
Their one-day strike came at a time of turmoil in Ethiopia with city transport services at a standstill and all post offices closed as the strikes in public services continued.
Now telecommunications workers are threatening to go on strike from Sunday (28 April) -- a dispute that would cut off Ethiopia from the outside world.
They want the right to form their own trade union, but the Labour Relations Board has said it will not recognise any telecommunications trade union because the workers are employed by the Government.
On Thursday (25 April) key points in the capital were once again guarded by steel-helmeted troops.
The series of strikes have held up thousands of tons of vital exports such as coffee, Ethiopia's main foreign exchange earner.