In Ethiopia, the Marxist state's aim of uniting city workers and rural peasants behind the government took a step forward on Wednesday (7 February) with the first-ever joint congress of the All Ethiopian Trade Unions and the All Ethiopia Peasants Association.
SV PULL OUT TO GV Building in Addis Ababa with sign All-Ethiopian Trade Unions
SV Ato Aklilou Afework addressing meeting
SV PAN Delegates listening
SCU Abdella Sonnessa listening PAN TO FEWORK SPEAKING
SV Mural PULL BACK TO delegates applauding
CU Muguleta Yemer speaking
GV & SV Delegates listening (2 shots)
GV Delegates applaud
SV PAN Muguleta Yemer speaking to newsmen at news conference
SV News conference in progress (2 shots)
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Background: In Ethiopia, the Marxist state's aim of uniting city workers and rural peasants behind the government took a step forward on Wednesday (7 February) with the first-ever joint congress of the All Ethiopian Trade Unions and the All Ethiopia Peasants Association.
SYNOPSIS: The two organisations represent those sections of Ethiopian society regarded by the government as most important to the revolutionary state. Ato Akilou Afework, who heads the Agricultural Department in the Supreme Council Congress, addressed delegates on his targets and the priorities of the government. No country can claim to be truly independent of others until it is self-sufficient in food production. That was his theme and the message that modern farm machinery is less important for Ethiopian farmers than their commitment to the revolution.
The trade union leader, Chairman Muguleta Yemer warned the audience not to expect too much from the government during the revolutionary struggle. He told the delegates that, while the Marxist government was sparing no effort to secure the finance, skills and advice the country's workers needed, from both internal and external sources, it could not be expected to solve Ethiopia's problems overnight. He called on the workers to fulfil their part of the bargain by shouldering as much of the burden as possible. The two officials told journalists that workers and peasants in Ethiopia are now more closely allied than ever before and that alliance guarantees the success of the government's "nation building". Since the military regime took over in 1974, industry, banks and land in the cities and countryside has been nationalised. The regime maintains that agricultural production has not decreased -- despite the upheavals of a revolution and a war against Somalia.