Chapter VI
Legal & Constitutional
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Labour Laws
Nov. 02, 1962
.... A step which, We are persuaded, will stand as a landmark in Ethiopia's history is the enactment
in recent weeks of urgently required labour legislation.  The newly promulgated Labour Relations
Law and Public Employment Administration Order have been carefully prepared for the declared
purposes of stimulating a better way of life for the workers of Our Empire and of promoting social
harmony and content amongst all classes of Our people.  If we meet the challenge which this
legislation represents and, through it, fulfil the needs of an increasingly-enlightened society, these
enactments will make an incalculable contribution to Ethiopia's future economic and social
expansion.
Collective Bargaining
A nation's goals in any field of endeavour require, for their achievement, the combined efforts of all
parts of its society, and, not least, of the entrepreneurial and labouring classes.  The
employer-employee relationship, in turn, must be based on sound and fair labour conditions.  The
Labour Relations Law will ensure that these exist.  In addition, this law provides the mechanism
for the settlement of disputes between employers and by peaceful negotiations.  Recourse to the
technique of collective bargaining will solve before they are created those difficulties which arise
when labour and employers come into conflict.  Collective bargaining will require from both
employers and employees, and form the employers' associations and labour unions which they are
authorized and empowered to create to represent them, a high degree of maturity and
responsibility, as well as mutual respect and recognition of the other's rights.  We expect that these
attitudes will be manifested fully in their dealings with one another ....
Haile Selassie the First - November 2, 1962