DWRC signs a MOU for joint cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, and submits comments on the draft union law endorsed by 22 trade unions
Ramallah- On August 10, 2016, DWRC and twenty-two trade unions submitted their comments and recommendations on the draft union law to the Palestinian Minister of Labor, Mamoun Abu Shahla, during a meeting attended by Deputy Minister Nasser Qatami, labor ministry departments’ directors, representatives of several trade unions and DWRC.
These comments and recommendations on the draft trade union law had been discussed during prior meetings between DWRC and trade unions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and are based on legislations and international labor standards.
The meeting with the Minister of Labor was attended by trade union leaders representing the Kindergarten and Day-Care Workers’ Union, Al-Ahli hospital workers’ union in Hebron, South Electricity Company Workers’ Union, municipal workers’ unions from Qalqilia, Al-Bireh, Al-Thahereya, Al-Yasareyeh, and Ithna, Governmental Universities and Colleges Employees’ Union, and the Petrochemical Workers’ Union.
Several unions from the Gaza Strip also endorsed the recommendations for amendments to the draft union law submitted during the meeting, namely the Gaza Electricity Distribution Employees’ Union, Civil Aviation Authority Employees’ Union, Education Services Union, Garment Workers’ Union, Media & Printing Press Workers’ Union, Municipalities Workers’ Union, Civil Service Workers’ Union, Health Services Workers’ Union, Tourism Workers’ Union, Transport Workers’ Union, Union of Independent Workers’ Committees, General Union of Palestinian Workers, and a representative of the Labor Struggle Front.
The Minister of Labor, Mamoun Abu Shahla, praised the efforts of the ministry’s partner institutions in various fields, especially the labor sector. He also thanked DWRC for its ongoing efforts, and praised the historical partnership between DWRC and the ministry.
Minister Mamoun Abu Shahla promised to study the comments and recommendations on the draft union law, and to invite trade unions to discuss proposed amendments with the ministry.
Deputy Minister Nasser Kitami thanked the unions for their positive interest in this matter that will contribute in promoting improvements for workers, who require support from all societal groups.
DWRC’s director, Hasan Barghouthi thanked the minister and senior officials at the Ministry of Labor for supporting the establishment of a trade union movement based on democracy and independent decision- making.
Several unions also requested the assistance of the minister to solve some of the outstanding issues they are facing.
At the end of the meeting, Minister of Labor, Mamoun Abu Shahla, and DWRC general director, Hasan Barghouthi, signed the renewal of the memorandum of understanding between the ministry and DWRC. The signature will be followed by meetings between the two sides to develop joint action plans based on the programs and projects of both parties.