ETA represented by its General Secretary on NUT’s Annual Conference in the UK
Upon the invitation of NUT, ETA’s General Secretary, Ato Gemoraw Kassa, attended the Annual Conference and was given the floor to address the audience on the opening day of the conference and on the 23rd of March/08. In his first day speech, among other things, Ato Gemoraw stressed the ongoing persecution of Trade Unions in
On 23rd of March/08, at the International Session, persecuted Teachers Unions of Ethiopia,
The questions asked by the journalists include: why ETA is singled out for persecution by the government and whether there are other trade union organisations which are persecuted by the government. Ato Gemoraw responded that ETA got into trouble with the government for opposing the government’s plan to form its union along ethnic lines, for opposing some of the governments educational policy and putting forward the 20 teachers’ demands to the government for negotiations. The General Secretary concluded that ETA is not an exception as it is happening to all independent organisations.
When asked about ETA’s current legal status, Ato Gemoraw responded, on the 7th of April/08, the Court of Cessation, the highest judicial body in the land, will give a final ruling on ETA’s appeal against the adverse decision of the Federal High Court and Supreme Court which instructed ETA to hand over its assets and properties to the surrogate ETA that is run and controlled by the government. It is feared by those who are closely following the lengthy and frustrating court battle that the Court of Cessation may uphold the decision of the lower courts by getting rid off the longest and the last independent trade union in
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