About Us

About Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions.

About CETU

The Trade Union movement in Ethiopia has history of over six decades. At this time in point, the movement is organized at three levels; namely, at the national level in the form of a Confederation, at the industrial level, in the form of Industrial Federations and at the enterprises level in the form of Basic Trade Unions.

The Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU) is the sole national Trade Center established by nine affiliated Industrial Federations comprising more than 2200 Basic Trade Unions. It has over a million members and is a legally registered national center having eight regional branches throughout the country; specifically,   Done

  1. Adama Branch Office
  2. Bahri Dar Branch Office
  3. Dire Dawa Branch Office
  4. Finfinne Branch Office
  5. Hawassa Branch Office
  6. Jimma Branch Office
  7. Kombelicha Branch Office and
  8. Mekelle Branch Office

The affiliated Industrial federations are organized on occupational bases or on the bases of economic sector of the country. These include;

  1. Federation of the Food, Beverage, Tobacco and Allied Trade Unions;
  2. Ethiopian Industrial Federation of Construction, Wood, Metal, Cement and other Trade Unions;
  3. Federation of Commerce, Technique, and Printing Industry Trade Unions;
  4. Federation of Farm, Plantation, Fishery and Agro-Industry Workers Trade Unions;
  5. National Federation of Tourism, Hotels and General Service Workers Trade Unions;
  6. Federation of Ethiopian Textiles, Leather and Garment Workers Trade Unions;
  7. Federation of Energy, Chemical and Mine Trade Unions;
  8. Transport and Communication Workers Trade Unions Industrial Federation; and
  9. Industrial Federation of Ethiopian Financial Institution Trade Unions.

The core organizational objectives of CETU, as stipulated in its constitution, are:

  • Defending and advancing the rights and interests of all categories of workers;
  • Unionizing the unorganized Workers and doing its best to strengthen the unity of organized Workers;
  • Coordinating and leading the Workers’ struggle for their rights and benefits;
  • Raising awareness of all categories of Workers on issues of their concern;
  • Contributing its due share for peace, democracy, protection of human and trade unions rights and equality of people;
  • Taking an active part in the International, Regional and Sub-Regional labour movement.
  • Promoting social dialogue

Our History

The Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU), the sole national center for more than 700,000 workers, has nine affiliated Industrial Federations which are the umbrellas for about 2001 basic trade unions.

The core organizational objectives of CETU, as stipulated in its constitution, are:

  • to defend the rights and interests of its members,
  • to unionize the unorganized workers and doing its best to strengthen the unity of organized workers,
  • to raise awareness among workers and coordinating workers’ struggle for their rights and benefits,
  • to contribute its due share for peace, democracy, protection of human rights and equality of peoples and
  • to take an active part in the international, regional and sub-rRegional labour movement.

1878

በአፄ ምኒልክ አማካሪነቱና ለ27 ተከታታይ ዓመታት ከጎናቸው ባለመለየቱ “ቢትወደድ” የሚሰኝ ማዕረግ የተሰጠው ስዊትዘርላንዳዊው አልፍሬድ ኢልግ የባቡር ሞዴል ሰርቶ በማቅረብ ሀዲዱ ከጅቡቲ እስከ አዲስ አበባ ቢዘረጋ የሚኖረውን ከፍተኛ ጥቅም ሲያስረዳ ምኒልክ ቀልባቸው በባቡር ሞዴሉ ቢማረክም የበላይ የነበሩት ዮሐንስ 4ኛ ባለመፍቀዳቸው በይደር ተያዘ፡፡

1886

ስዊትዘርላንዳዊው አልፍሬድ አልግና ፈረንሳዊው ሊዎን ሼፍኔ በአፄ ምኒልክ ሙሉ ውክልና ተሰጥቷቸው ፓሪስ ውስጥ ቢሮ በመክፈት “ከጅቡቲ አዲስ አበባ የባቡር ሃዲ ቢዘረጋ በ50,000 ግመሎች በአንድ ዓመት ውስጥ ከጅቡቲ አዲስ አበባና ከአዲስ አበባ ጅቡቲ ማድረስ የሚከብደውን 12,000 ቶን ሸቀጣሸቀጥና ጥሬ እቃ በ25 ቀናት ጉዞ ማድረስ እንደሚቻል” ለተለያዩ የግንባታ ኩባንያዎች በማስተዋወቅ የማግባባት ሥራ ጀመሩ፡፡

1890

በአድዋው ጦርነት ምክንያት ተቋርጦ የቆየው የኢትዮ-ፈረንሳይ የባቡር ሃዲድ ግንባታ ውል በአልጋወራሽ ኢያሱ ሚካኤል ተፈርሞ ግንባታው በፈረንሳዊያን አመራር ባላባቶች በኮታ ባቀረቧቸው ኢትዮጵያዊያን፣ ግብጻውያን፣ ጅቡቲያዊያን ግሪካዊያን አርመናዊያንና የመናዊያን የጉልበትና የቴክኒክ ሠራተኞች አማካይነት ተጀመረ፡፡

1896

ርኪስ ርዚያን የተባለ አርመናዊ በፈረሶች የሚጎተት የመንገድ መዳመጫ ኡሩሎ በማስመጣት የአዲስ አበባ ኤዴሬ (አዲስ ዓለም) መንገድ ሥራን ጀምሮ ዛሬ “ሰባራ ባቡር” በሚባለው ቦታ ተሰናክሎበት ቢቆምም በአዲስ አበባ ውስጥ በመንገዶች ቤቶች ግንባታ የተሰማሩ የውጭ ዜጎች አሠሪዎች እየተበራከቱ መጡ፡፡

1900

የትምባሆ ተክል ልማትና የሲጋራ ምርት ድርጅት ድሬደዋ ውስጥ ተቋቋመ

1902

አልቤርቶ ችላሶና ሲሮር ካስታኛ በአዲስ አበባ ውስጥ የመጀመሪያዎቹን የሸክላ ጡብ ማምረቻ ድርጅቶች አቋቋመ

1937

አሠሪዎች በማኅበር የተደራጁበት የፋብሪካ አዋጅ ተደነገገ

1968

የሠራተኛ አዋጅ ቁጥር 64/1968 ተደነገገ፡፡

1986

የአሠሪና ሠራተኛ አዋጅ ቁጥር 42/1985 ተደንግጎ ኢሠማኮ በአዲስ መልክ ተደራጀ

1989

ኢንዱስትሪ ፌዴሬሽኖችን ወደ አንድ ጎራ መጥተው ኢሠማኮ ዳግም የሚጠናከርበት መሠረት ተጣለ

2007

የማኅበራት ቁጥር 1,182 የአባላት ደግሞ 450,929 ደረሰ

2010 - 2011

ወደ 1,901 የአባላት ደግሞ 542,657 ደረሰ

2012

የማኅበራት ብዛት 2,201 የአባላት ደግሞ 569,202 ደረሰ

Message from the President

Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions

Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions

The Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU), the sole national center for more than 700,000 workers, has nine affiliated Industrial Federations which are the umbrellas for about 2001 basic trade unions.

አቶ ካሳሁን ፎሎ
President

Mission

Through unionizing unorganized workers and strengthening the unity of organized workers we aim at encouraging active participation of the Ethiopian workers in the political, economic, and social affairs of the country and contributing our due share to the overall development of democratic culture in Ethiopia.

Vision

To see a developed country where job security is guaranteed, occupational safety of workers guaranteed, working culture productive and profitably enhanced, better working conditions achieved, and also a better life for workers realized.

Our Team

The team behind our Organization. 

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Mr. Kassahun Follo

President

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Mr. Ayalew Ahmed

Vice President

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Mr. Tolera Deressa

Secretary General

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Mr. Measho Berihu

International & Public Relations Department, Head

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Mr. Dirbisa Legesse

Department of Industrial Relation and Organization

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Mr. Fisehatsion Biyadglign

Social Affairs Department Head

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Mr. Abdulhakim Musema

Finance Department

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Mr. Balehlgne Zewdu

Planning, Information & Research Department Head

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Mr. Berhanu Deriba

Department of Education and Training

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W/ro Rhael Ayele

Women's Affairs Department Head