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Labour law out for dialogue

Labour law amendments allows workers to strike


The amendments include forming a national council for wages, including experts on workers’ issues and business owners’ representatives. (DNE File Photo)
The amendments include forming a national council for wages, including experts on workers’ issues and business owners’ representatives.
(DNE File Photo)

Minister of Manpower and Immigration Kamal Abu Eita, held a dialogue with representatives from governmental and independent unions of workers’ syndicates, business owners and experts on workers’ issues, over the amendments of labour law in the ministry’s headquarters, state-owned Al-Ahram reports.

Aswat Masriya reports that peaceful striking is allowed according to the amendments, after the agreement of the workers syndicate and informing business owners 10 days beforehand. The law banned striking to amend the working treaty and striking in vital or strategic entities.

The amendments include forming a national council for wages, including experts on workers’ issues and business owners’ representatives. The council will be responsible for suggesting minimum wage once every two years with respect to inflation rates.

The amendments banned imposing financial sanctions on workers unless they have been informed of what they have done to deserve it and a session of hearings.

Business owners’ are given the right to terminate workers’ contracts for economic reasons and to commission any worker with different work than the one in the worker’s contract.

The Ministry of Manpower and Immigration issued syndicates’ law last week, which the workers’ union rejected, according to Al-Ahram.

Abu Eita was installed in his position by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi. Abu Eita is a well-known workers’ leader, who led Real Estate taxes employees’ sit-in in 2008, and founded the first independent syndicate in Egypt (Real Estate Employees’ independent syndicate) and was a parliament member in 2010.

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