Kurdistan Regional Council of Ministers approves the new draft labor law and discusses the financial report
Shafaq News/ The Council of Ministers of Kurdistan Region held its weekly meeting today, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.
In the first paragraph of the meeting's agenda, the Minister of Interior, Reber Ahmed, presented his ministry's report on the progress made in the procedures related to the implementation of the Prime Minister's directives regarding the closure of arms sales places and the confiscation of unlicensed weapons throughout the Kurdistan Region.
The Minister of Interior presented to the Council of Ministers the details of the procedures related to the implementation of the order aimed at eliminating weapons on the licensed, and referred to the practical steps of the ministry to implement the new weapons law in the Kurdistan Region No. (2) of 2022, and presented the draft that includes instructions that are to be issued by the ministry to facilitate the implementation of The new gun law, ending unlicensed guns, reorganizing licenses and ending gun violence.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to confront criminals by all means, and to eliminate the phenomenon of carrying arms outside the framework of the law and without licenses, with the aim of putting an end to crimes and violence.
In the second paragraph of the meeting's agenda, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Questan Mohamed presented the new draft labor law.
In this context, the Prime Minister commended the efforts of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and all ministries and entities involved in preparing the draft law, and pointed out the importance of having such a project, especially since it is one of the general lines of the government work program, because of its importance in organizing Labor relations between workers and employers in a new way, in a manner that protects their rights and human rights in general, and achieves gender equality, in particular protecting workers’ rights, health and occupational safety, as well as upgrading the private sector, creating more opportunities for workers, replacing foreign workers with local labor, and drafting a law that is consistent with Exactly with international modern standards, especially since the law currently in force dates back to the eighties of the last century, and was based on centralization, while the preparation of the new law is an imperative for the current stage.
With regard to the importance of the draft labor law, the Deputy Prime Minister, who oversaw the ministerial committee for preparing the draft law, thanked the Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs, Planning and all those concerned with drafting the law, and stressed that this law is one of the most important laws of the era, and revolves around strengthening the economy, markets and the private sector. With the support of the International Labor Organization, it fully complies with global standards and all principles of human rights and gender equality.
He said: "Through this law, dealing with foreign workers will be more organized, and their rights will be protected, taking into account the rights of local workers regarding the issue of creating job opportunities for local labor, regulating work contracts, working hours and granting vacations, and the rights of children and women must be preserved. ".
He also referred to the draft law on retirement and social insurance, which is considered complementary to the labor law, and vigorous efforts have been made regarding it, to be discussed during the cabinet meeting in the foreseeable future.
The Council of Ministers unanimously approved the new labor bill, and referred it to the Kurdistan Parliament for legislation.
The third paragraph was devoted to the briefing related to the region’s financial report for the first six months of 2022, related to oil and non-oil revenues and expenditures (consumer, investment projects, oil and gas expenditures, support for the regional government to provide fuel for electricity production stations, energy purchases from private sector stations in the electricity sector, and provision of gasoline at the subsidized price), plus oil-related debts.
This file was submitted by Minister of Finance and Economy Awat Sheikh Janab, Chief of Cabinet Office Omid Sabah, Council Secretary Amanj Rahim, and Acting Minister of Natural Resources Kamal Muhammad.
The report indicated that the ninth cabin was able to provide the necessary funds to pay full salaries in the first six months of 2022, at a time when the average monthly spending is 900 billion dinars, while the federal government should have sent one trillion and 200 billion dinars for the first half of 2022, However, it sent only a sum of 400 billion dinars this year for two months.
In spite of this, the regional government was able to distribute full salaries monthly, and other than that, more than 1.5 billion dollars of old loans were paid in the three years of the life of the ninth cabinet. The government also spent sums on consumption and advances for investment plans projects, and no new loans were provided.
In addition to providing gas to electricity production plants for the first six months of 2022, the value of the gas supplied from the Kormore field to these stations amounted to $566 million, in addition to the $516 million cost of purchasing electric power incurred by the regional government for those stations during the past six months. Electricity is provided to citizens at a nominal and subsidized price. As well as subsidizing the price of gasoline and providing it with 800 dinars per liter for citizens, while it costs the regional government 1200 dinars, except for domestic gas, which is also provided at a subsidized price.
In the fourth paragraph of the meeting, the Council of Ministers reviewed the constitutional, judicial and legal steps related to the Kurdistan Regional Government regarding the unfair and unconstitutional pressures exercised by the Iraqi Federal Oil Ministry. He regretted the unconstitutional decision taken by the federal government to stop spending the region's share of the budget, while at the same time exercising unfair pressure to prevent the region from receiving its oil and local revenues, which did not create any financial obligations on the federal government.
The Council of Ministers reiterated that it will not waive the constitutional rights and entitlements of the people of the Kurdistan Region in any way, and will defend the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region and will not succumb to any pressure or threats from the federal government that seeks to violate the rights of the people of Kurdistan.
At the same time, the Council of Ministers stresses the need to resolve outstanding problems with Baghdad, including issues related to oil and gas and on the basis of the constitution, which can be resolved through the enactment of a federal oil and gas law in accordance with the constitution, according to which the rights and duties of each party are determined.
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