The National Insurance Company Employees’ Union holds its establishing conference
Ramallah, 16/07/2018 – Employees of the National Insurance Company held the establishing conference for their union on 14/07/2018 in Ramallah and Gaza, with the participation of 123 establishing members from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The conference was also attended by a representative of the Labor Ministry, the president of Banking and Insurance Companies Employees’ Union, and representatives of the Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center in Palestine.
The president of the Banking and Insurance Companies Employees’ Union, Mr. Ahmed Tmeizi, opened the conference by explaining the Social Security Law and its impact on company employees.
Mr. Shaban Nassar, representative of the Ministry of Labor, confirmed that the legal quorum was reached, and outlined the technical steps of the conference.
The head of the establishing committee of the union, Mr. Abdul Salam Assaf, stressed the importance of establishing a body that represents workers in the company, develops their skills, and follows-up on their labor rights, as well as the need to improve the situation of employees at the company to enable them to realize their right to decent life.
Mr. Omar Al Tozoq, representative of DWRC, asked union members to preserve their independence in decision-making, and adopt democratic processes for choosing their representatives. He also stressed the importance of promoting a spirit of dialogue within the union, and the need to preserve the role of women and youth.
During the conference, delegates discussed and approved the internal statute of their union that includes membership requirements, financial regulation, and administrative procedures that involves authorizations with official bodies and banks.
The conference delegates proceeded to elect their representatives in a democratic manner. 9 members, including 1 woman, were elected as administrative committee members. Mr. Abdul Salam Assaf, obtained the highest number of votes, with 111 votes.
This establishing conference was held through the project “Strengthening the role of trade unions in Palestine” implemented by DWRC in cooperation with the Olof Palme International Center.