Many indicators show that a majority of wage workers in the private sector in Palestine experience difficult and unfair work conditions. These include lack of provision of appropriate jobs, low wage levels, lack of job security, in addition to widespread violations of other labor rights guaranteed by domestic and international legislation.
Combining a quantitative and qualitative approach, this report provides an analysis of official data and statistics, as well as data collected through a questionnaire on labor rights violations during the year 2018 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that covers 5,559 workers, who are members of unions, or submitted complaints and requested consultations from DWRC. It also highlights main reasons for rights’ violations.
The report indicates that workers faced violations of their fundamental rights at work in various sectors. The most prevalent violations of labor rights concerned annual vacations, holidays and rest hours, followed by violations of rights related to work injuries and occupational safety and health.
In 2018, courts issued several decisions to stop strikes organized in relation to labor rights demands. We also noted an inbalance between the number of labor cases processed by competent courts based on the levels of litigation, and the number of cases requiring implementation of judgments in the enforcement department.
The report concludes that violations of rights are caused by several factors:
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