Wednesday, 29 September 2021 4:13 PM
Baghdad/National News Center
Today, Wednesday, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Adel Al-Rikabi, called for finding immediate solutions to the challenges facing the labor sector in Iraq, according to innovative mechanisms with the aim of finding reforms in the labor market and developing effective strategies that work to provide job opportunities and improve occupational health and safety.
And the ministry stated in a statement received by the “National News Center”, that “the minister participated in the opening of the first meeting of the advisory committee for the project to strengthen governance, inspection and working conditions in the face of the Corona epidemic, in the presence of the Minister of Labor in the Kurdistan Region, Questan Muhammad, and the Director General of Labor and Vocational Training in the ministry, with the participation of the General Secretariat of the Council Ministers, the Ministry of Planning, the Iraqi Federation of Industries, trade unions, the International Labor Organization, the European Union, and through a virtual electronic circuit with the International Labor Organization.
The minister said, according to the statement, that "the project to strengthen governance and inspection will be able to contribute to raising the capabilities and capabilities of employers' organizations and trade unions, as well as the staff of the Ministry of Labor in the field of occupational health and safety and labor inspection, as well as enhancing working conditions and compliance with national legislation and international labor standards to enhance employment opportunities and improve Manpower production in the country.
He explained that "the Ministry of Labor's strategy relied on a vocational training program that contributes to providing the labor market with expertise and competencies and activating the labor inspection department to carry out inspection campaigns at various levels to increase the inclusion of workers in worksites with social security and to eliminate all forms of discrimination and forced labor, and to combat the worst forms of child labor." “.
He added, "Since assuming its duties, the ministry has worked hard to achieve a real leap in the number of workers covered by social security through several inspection campaigns at work sites, bringing the total number of those covered to more than 600,000 workers," noting that "the inspection department still needs a lot of workers." Support and increase the number of inspectors to accommodate the huge number of projects.”
And the minister indicated that "everyone is facing a national mission that will contribute to solving most of the problems of work and workers through cooperation with social partners and the International Labor Organization, and we look forward to moving forward to find decent job opportunities, a responsive private sector and safe social protection."
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