Conscious / Baghdad / MC
The Ministry of Labor announced on Friday the approval of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to oblige foreign companies to operate 50% of Iraqi labor within their investment projects.
According to the Director of the Foreigners Department at the Training and Employment Department of the Ministry of Osama al - Khafaji said in a statement received by ( Iraqi News Agency Information / INA ) that " the ministry submitted a proposal to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to compel foreign companies to run Iraqi labor by not less than 50% of the total workforce employed in Investment projects that have an investment license from the National Authority for Investment or investment bodies in the governorates, as well as not allowing foreign workers to work inside Iraq without obtaining the work permit stipulated in the Labor Law No. (37) for the year 2015.
Al-Khafaji added that "the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers took the proposal of the ministry and issued an order prohibiting the granting of entry features for foreign companies to work in Iraq only after ascertaining that the contract concluded with the government agencies includes obligating foreign companies to review the foreigners department at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (5) of the Diwani Order (46) for the year 2012, which obligates the ministries and entities wishing to contract with foreign companies to enter into contracts requiring companies to review the Ministry of Labor within thirty days from the entry of a foreign worker for the purpose of issuing a license Work ".
Al-Khafaji said that "the companies or ministries violating the legal consequences of the imposition of financial fines with the failure to pay the financial dues of those companies or entities violating," noting that "Resolution No. 80 of 2013 issued by the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers hampered the work of the Ministry on the employment of national labor As he gave powers to the director of residence or head of the mission or authorized to grant the features of the entry of investors and businessmen and experts without passing through the Ministry of Labor, which called on the ministry to raise its proposals to amend the said resolution and obtained approval by the Secretariat General.
"The Ministry of Labor has sent a new proposal to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to select the percentage of Iraqi labor provided for in the said paragraph of job seekers registered within the database of the ministry and is awaiting approval."