Ramallah, 24/08/2021 – The Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center implemented a workshop addressing the rights of workers with family responsibilities. During the workshop, DWRC discussed its exploratory study that aims to gain a better understanding of the type of measures, benefits and arrangements adopted in the private and public sectors. The workshop was attended by representatives of the public and private sectors, trade union representatives, some municipalities, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ramallah and Al-Bireh Gov.), and the Palestinian Network of NGOs (PNGO).
The study includes an analysis of the availability and adequacy of measures that facilitate reconciliation of work and family responsibilities according to Palestinian labor legislation and public policies, as well as the findings of a survey conducted with 110 companies/organizations in the private and non-governmental sector. Some of the main findings of the survey with these companies/organizations were as follows; 40.5% of surveyed companies/organizations provide leaves that are longer than the 14 days guaranteed by the Labor Law for all employees, regardless of years of service or nature of the job. 30.6% of the survey respondents provide paid paternity leave, 61.2% of these establishments’ working hours are less than 45 hours per week, while 11.7% provide or support child care facilities for employees’ children, through the establishment and management of day-care facilities for employees’ children, or through contracting such services from external day-care facilities. Most of the companies/organizations indicated the possibility of flexible working hours and teleworking.
The workshop focused on the importance of guaranteeing rights and arrangements for workers with family responsibilities in order to implement the principle of equality and non-discrimination in employment and occupation, in addition to finding solutions to mitigate the effects of factors that may lead to direct and indirect discrimination between workers.
Participants in the workshop stressed the importance of the study, highlighting the necessity of taking into account the political, social and economic context, and the importance of reviewing economic policies, and making progress in implementing laws and policies related to the labor market, especially for marginalized and vulnerable groups. They also recommended conducting sector-based surveys to issue recommendations specific to each sector.
A workshop was implemented in Gaza as well to discuss the finding of the study.