Abu Shahla: 30% of labor force unemployed

RAMALLAH _ Palestine News Network

Labor Minister Mamoun Abu Shahla said the number of labor forces involved in Palestine is 1.3 million, of which 70% are employed in the private sector, in the public sector or in the Israeli economy, and 30% are unemployed, due to the current economic situation and occupation practices.

It was during a panel discussion, organised by the Ministry of Labor at its headquarters in Al-Bireh, on Wednesday, to study the work relations and working conditions in the economic sectors of women, entitled "Promoting women's access to equal economic opportunities and decent work in Palestine", within a programme implemented by Un-Women and the International Labour Organization, funded by the Italian development cooperation.

Abu Shahla said that the unemployment rate among women in Jerusalem was 85%, while in the West Bank it was 32.1% and 73% in the Gaza Strip.

The Assistant undersecretary of the Tripartite partnership, Abdul Karim Daraghmeh, assistant undersecretary for Labour departments Bilal al-Qababa, assistant undersecretary for Directorates, secretary of the developer, Director General of the Directorate General of Inspection and Labour protection Ali al-Sawy, head of gender Unit Iman Assaf, and Representative The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Palestine, Mounir Kelbo, director of programs and projects at the organization Rasha Sharfa, gender in charge of the organization Hanan Gyisi, advisor Amer Madi, and representatives of the General Federation of Palestine Trade Unions and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce.

Abu Shahla said that the Ministry of Labour was seeking to amend certain provisions of the Labour Code, focusing on the specificity of granting women equal opportunities to work, and to receive any proposals to fill legal loopholes, particularly those relating to the support and economic empowerment of women, by improving the conditions and conditions of work for women and equal opportunities.

He noted that there was a need for legal provisions to oblige employers to apply the minimum wage and to give workers safety, occupational health and decent work conditions.

Abu Shahla said that in the coming period, the ministry will study a number of points to ensure that workers ' rights are protected, including requiring employers to send a copy of the employment contract to the Ministry, and to transfer the fees of workers and private workers to the banks to ensure that the minimum wage is applied and that workers ' rights are protected.

For his part, Kelbo spoke about the importance of decent work for women by focusing on the economic empowerment of women, which contributes to increasing employment rates by building their capacities and qualifying them for the labour market, providing a safe working environment for women through the revision of laws and legislation, and sensitizing women workers about their rights.


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