By Staff Reporter
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Employees of Almeda Textile Factory in Adwa Town, Tigray Region have been in dire situation as they have not been paid salary since March 2021, sources said.
A worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that he has been working in the factory for more than 13 years. Many workers, including himself, are facing serious problems as they have not been paid for more than 30 months and have not returned to work, Wazema reported.
The chairman of the factory’s trade union, Gebre-Kristos Belai said that the factory has started maintenance work with no more than 200 workers. The chairman said that he was one of the few workers who returned to work but paid about a quarter of their original salaries.
The Trade Union Chairman, who mentioned that the factory had more than 5,200 workers, told Wazema news source that over 30 of them died due to lack of food and medicine.
The Chairman said that although the workers have repeatedly asked the management body for salary payment, they were told that they could not be paid as the factory has been damaged seriously during the recent war, Wazema reported.
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