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Institute of Law Holds Lecture: "Legal Framework for Trade Unions in Palestine" - News

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August 9, 2011
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As part of BZU’s Legal Encounter Series, the Institute of Law and the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at BZU held a lecture on 6 June 2011, entitled "Legal Framework for Trade Unions in Palestine" to discuss the major obstacles responsible for the absence of a legal framework governing unions in Palestine. The lecture was attended by the General Manager of Directorate General for Employment Relations Mr. Bilal Thawabeh, along with Mr. Hussein Fuqaha from the Palestine General Federation of Trade Union and Mr. Mohammed Al-Arqawi of the General Union of Palestine Workers. 

 

 

 

In his speech, Thawabeh stressed the legal vacuum in the trade union regulation process in Palestine, referring to the Palestinian Labor Law of 2000. This labor law replaced the Jordanian law which was used in Palestine, and served as the legal framework for trade union regulation.

Fuqaha emphasized the Palestinian unions’ desire for a law to regulate their work, while not limiting their freedom, since freedom and pluralism are necessary for the success of union work. He added: "We are concerned as a union with formulating a law for unions because everyone rejects the law of the jungle. This does not mean, of course, that the labor movement would be deprived of its independence. The law must cover a wide range of union freedoms, as competition between the various unions strengthens performance and excellence.”

 

In his speech, Thawabeh stressed the legal vacuum in the trade union regulation process in Palestine, referring to the Palestinian Labor Law of 2000. This labor law replaced the Jordanian law which was used in Palestine, and served as the legal framework for trade union regulation.

Fuqaha emphasized the Palestinian unions’ desire for a law to regulate their work, while not limiting their freedom, since freedom and pluralism are necessary for the success of union work. He added: "We are concerned as a union with formulating a law for unions because everyone rejects the law of the jungle. This does not mean, of course, that the labor movement would be deprived of its independence. The law must cover a wide range of union freedoms, as competition between the various unions strengthens performance and excellence.”

On the other hand, Arqawi noted various reasons that led to gaps in union work, from the Palestinian situation to other factors such as legislation and regulations. He also mentioned the inability to crystallize union goals in an effective manner as well as the absence of a strategy to achieving targeted objectives.

During the discussion, participants recognized the need to earnestly work on developing a legal framework for Palestinian unions, since such a framework plays a vital role at both the professional and national levels. Further, reference was made to the importance of the BZU Institute of Law’s study regarding regulation of union work in Palestine, developed in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Labor.

 

 

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