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Postal Agency Suspends 124 Employees, Reshuffles Many
By Yonas Abiye
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian Postal Service Agency has this week suspended over 124 and reshuffling 870 employees from its main office in Addis Ababa and the regions, The Daily Monitor has learned.
Most of the workers involved are janitors, messengers and labor workers who were suspended for performance reasons, or absence from duty, or luck of education.
As regards to the janitors, the agency had to lay of its staff as it has recently hired the service to a private company.
In a letter posted on the notice board seen by The Daily Monitor, all cleaners were informed to contact the company to secure employment afresh.
The suspended, the majority of which are messengers and laborers are to register for other alternative jobs such as parking, waiters in cafeterias, the letter orders.
One of the janitors, a mother of five, on condition of anonymity said she learned of her suspension suddenly and with out any early notice.
She said she did not know how she will be able to support herself and family, now that she had no job.
"We have been told that we may join the new company they gave our jobs to. How can we have security in that new company we don't know when we did not get it from the very organization for which we have been working for years," she lamented.
The reshuffle involves officials from the lower level to senior officials who have been assigned to different regional offices.
Johny Ayele, Documentation and Communication Officer with the Agency, said factors like educational qualification, work experience and personal code of conduct were taken in to consideration in reshuffling those concerned.
He said the decision was the result of a 14 months study and appraisal and was done with out any prejudice and any harm to the rights and privileges of the employees on whom he said "appropriate" measures were taken.
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