Maat presents its amendments to the Labor Law for community discussion

Maat presents its amendments to the Labor Law for community discussion

"Periodic ministerial decisions to protect children and women workers in dangerous occupations, the consistency of the law with Egypt's international obligations, and the balance between workers' rights and the interests of employers."

On the occasion of the workforce committee in the House of Representatives ending the discussion of amendments to Labor Law No. 12 of 2003, and the community dialogue sessions currently held by the Council to present and discuss these amendments with the various stakeholders, the Foundation held Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights (Egypt) A hearing about Draft Labor Law No. 12 of 2003Sunday evening 11 June 2017,

With the participation of a wide range of parliamentarians, representatives of the ministries of manpower and social solidarity, representatives of political parties, academics, representatives of trade unions and unions, media professionals and civil work leaders.

The fifth hearing came to the project The Universal Periodic Review as a Tool to Improve Public Policies during the TransitionAs part of the Foundation’s efforts to provide a set of solutions and alternatives at the level of policies and legislation consistent with the recommendations of the UPR 2014, as part of the project activities funded by European Union Over the course of 2016-2017, which aims to adopt a set of public policies consistent with Egypt's international obligations, especially the 2014 UPR recommendations.

It dealt with the most important amendments proposed by the draft submitted by Public Policy Analysis and Human Rights UnitTopics and texts related to annexation Domestic service workers under the umbrella of the new law, amending articles related to leave owed to workers, toughening penalties with regard to negative discrimination against working women, specifying the conditions in which women may not be forced to work in the evening shift, in addition to specifying jobs that can be classified as work harmful to women and which are not Women must be forced to work in it, Increasing the number of times obtaining maternity leave while giving family care leave to the father in cases where the mother cannot care for the newborn, establishing or providing foster homes for female workers by employers, tightening penalties in cases of sexual harassment by employers, prohibiting child labor before Reaching fifteen years of age with tightening penalties for violating the labor law, increasing the employment rate of persons with disabilities in business enterprises, providing a full social pension for workers who exhaust their sick leave before terminating their contracts.

These are the articles that were carefully discussed by the attendees at the hearing session, which were based on the Foundation’s proposals to balance the rights of workers and employers on the one hand and some legislative measures to protect special groups in the Labor Law on the other hand, as the session emphasized the need for the text of the law to be consistent with the internal regulations With regard to organizing vacations to ensure that workers obtain their leaves without prejudice to work, That the competent minister issues a decision periodically not to force female workers to work in dangerous occupations, including the manufacture of medicine, paints, and others, that a ministerial decision is issued by the competent minister to determine the jobs in which the child works and the creation of an article to punish violators of the Child Law in relation to child labor, and the reality The absence of an accurate enumeration of persons with disabilities, the lack of rehabilitation, the absence of an inventory of the percentage of persons with disabilities of working age are among the obstacles to the integration of people with disabilities in the labor market.

It is worth noting that representatives of the Ministry of Manpower stated during the session that the Ministry It has held numerous hearings on the law since 2014 and amended many articles in favor of the workers.


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