Upon its presentation for community dialogue
MAAT sends its amendments on the Labor Law to the parliament and concerned authorities
The draft proposes “Consistency of the law with the international standards, guaranteeing the rights of some special groups, and inclusion of some marginalized groups in the new law umbrella”
In the context of its efforts to support the Egyptian state to fulfill its international obligations especially the linked ones to the UPR, and concurrently with the parliamentary discussions on the draft of the Labor Law number 12 of 2003, MAAT for Peace, Development and Human Rights sent its proposed amendments on the law draft to the Egyptian parliament, Ministry of Legal Affairs and Parliament, and the Cabinet.
Where the “Policy Analysis Unit and Human Rights”, affiliated to the Foundations developed the proposed amendments on the law draft including the addition/elimination of some articles for the law to be consistent with the 2014 UPR recommendations and relative international obligations, where they were discussed by a selected group of MPs, representatives of the Ministries of Manpower and Social Solidarity, political parties representatives, academics, representatives of unions and trade unions, media professionals and civil work leaders.
The presented articles by MAAT addressed the inclusion of some marginalized groups to the new law’s umbrella especially the domestic service workers, stiffening penalties in negative discrimination against working women, specifying the works which women should not be forced to work in according to the international standards, giving the father a maternity leave in the cases where the mother is unable to care for the new child, stiffening penalties on the violation of child law concerning child labor, and increasing the quota for employing people with disabilities in business institutions in line with the new for the people with disabilities.
It’s worth mentioning that the hearing session recommended the appeal of the responsible administrative authority, Ministry of Manpower, and civil society to provide training for trade unions on negotiation during conflicts between workers and business owners according to the international conventions, along with the necessity to good coordination between the legislative authorities in the parliament due to the links between several laws and the Labor Law (the Law for the People with Disabilities, Civil Service Law, Child Law, Penal Code etc).
The ninth draft by the “Universal Periodic Review as a Tool to Enhance Public Policy During the Transitional Period” project, funded by the European Union during 2016-2017, as part of a set of proposed solutions and alternatives on the levels of policies and legislations, aiming at supporting the state to adopt consistent policies and legislations with Egypt’s international obligations.
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