November 04, 2014 | Dire Tube News
As sources said Ethiopian and Chinese workers who are working on
Huawei’s 3G network expansion project in Dire Dawa have clashed. The
reason behind the clash is the Ethiopian workers demand for a fair wage
for the dangerous job they are engaged in.
“We have to climb and
work on high wire poles 45 meters long; but what we are being paid is
only 50 birr a day ($2.49) which is unfair and exploitation” one of the
Ethiopian workers has said.
The Ethiopian workers have been in a
meeting before the clash. According to sources, the clash has erupted
when a Chinese worker tried to beat an Ethiopian worker whom he thought
to be an organizer of the meeting and the riot.
Then the Ethiopian and Chinese workers have thrown stones at each other.
It was only after police have arrived at the place that the conflict calmed.