DWRC obtains court decision that improves labor rights of 1050 contract based workers in Gaza Electricity Distribution Company
On October 28, 2019, the Cassation Court issued a decision granting 1050 contract-based workers employed by the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company their labor rights after two years of demand. This court decision, which is considered a judicial precedent, made it mandatory for the company to improve the conditions of contract-based workers, and to apply the minimum wage as a legal right stated in the Palestinian Labor Law No. (7) of the year 2000.
The decision also stipulated the necessity for workers to obtain a risk allowance due to the sensitivity of the work assigned to them, referring to the decision issued by the Council of Ministers clarifying the percentage of the risk allowance premium according to the nature of the work of each worker. In addition, the court decision required that the company’s board of directors applies a unified legal framework to all employees, whether it is the Palestinian Labor Law or the Civil Service Law, or for the company to adopt a better internal system for workers.
The ruling prohibits the Board of Directors from deducting any sums from workers’ wages, except in the cases mentioned in article (83) of the Palestinian Labor Law. Furthermore, the court ruled that the head the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company Workers’ Union must be reinstated to his previous workplace, from which he had been arbitrarily transferred due to his union activities, which contravenes the law.