GCC keen on modern labour policies that ensure foreign workers’ rights

June 14, 2010

The development of modern labour policies that ensure the rights of foreign workers is high on the agenda of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Kuwait’s social affairs and labour minister has said.

“The development of labour policies and methods is a top priority of the GCC members for shoring up sustainable development orientations,” Mohammad Al Afassi said.

“In Kuwait, for instance, a new draft law on labour in the private sector has recently been adopted with a view to regulating labour relations in a way that could meet international labour criteria and constitute a quantum shift in the country’s legislative development,” the minister told the 99th annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on behalf of the GCC. Kuwait is the GCC chair for 2010.

Bahrain has enacted fresh labour bills with the goal of further regulating the local labor market and providing more appropriate employment, the minister said.

“Oman has introduced basic amendments to the its labour legislation, while Qatar has set up a new institution to fulfill the pressing needs of employment not only nationwide, but in Middle East and North Africa as well,” Al Afassi said, quoted by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

In his speech, the minister said that Saudi Arabia had launched an employment strategy purposed to cut joblessness and achieve a competitive economic privilege based on national human resources.

“While adopting such fresh labor bills, the GCC member countries are keen on ensuring the rights of foreign workers and meeting International Labour Organization (ILO) requirements,” he said.

Al Afassi urged the GCC countries to provide support to Palestinian workers and to implement programmes that will improve their living conditions.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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