Implementation Program ILO’s Somali Decent Work and the current conditions of the Somali workers

Somalia (East Africa)

The Somali Congress of Trade union (SCTU) organized meeting in Mogadishu’s Hayat Hotel on Tuesday morning on the World Day for Decent Work and focused the implementation program ILO’s Somali Decent Work and the current conditions of the Somali workers among others issues.

The meeting, which was attended by the Eight (8) SCTU affiliated Union leaders, representatives of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), , representatives of civil society organizations, representatives of non Governmental organizations (NGO’s), representative of other Trade Union leaders, experts and Somali Elders was discussed the best way to improve the poor pay of the workers, including media workers, health
safety at work, collective bargaining agreements, the improvement of the
right of somali workers conditions and the importance of the ILO’s Decent work implementation program.

The Somali national trade union center (SCTU) stressed the importance of the implementation of the decent work program for Somalia which is spearheaded by the International Labor Organization (ILO). It was noted that the genuine trade unions that are integral part of the program were not included, raising questions about the program’s laid out procedures for implementation.

The Somali national trade union center (SCTU) reiterated their willingness and support to work with ILO through its Decent work implementation program for Somalia for the benefit of the Somalis in a transparent and inclusive process.

The Somali workers were Concerned about the correspondences (attached) from the ministry of labor and the Somali Chamber of commerce invalidating the workers’ representative at the agreement signed between ILO and its partners in Cairo recently, a clear indication of malpractices and corruption from within and raises questions about the authenticity of the signature on the workers’ representative.
(http://www.ilo.org/addisababa/countries-covered/somalia/WCMS_308013/lang--en/index.htm)

The Somali national trade union center (SCTU) Called upon the International Labor Organization (ILO) to review the process and investigate the nature which the agreement was conducted and ensure all the stakeholders are involved in the implementation plan. The leaders also questioned the legality of signing the agreement outside of the country which the working class of Somalia were not part of it.

The Somali congress of Trade Unions (SCTU) welcomed the temporary signed agreement which suspended the workers strike at the port of Mogadishu by Al Beyrak port management firm and the Somali Stevedoring Union affiliated to the SCTU, the Somali national trade union center (SCTU) appreciated the Somali Federal Government Prime Minister Dr Abdiwali Sheikh Ahmed to the intervention in the matter which was of grave concern to Somali workers, the Center also appreciated the role of the Somali parliamentarians in seeking to protect the interests of port workers, not forgetting Friends of Somali workers who had begun to speak out on that crisis and were appreciated the Solodarity they expressed so far.

The Somali national trade union center (SCTU) Urged to the Somali Government to pass a private sector labor law to provide a proper framework and sent a message to Somali ministry of labor to work with the Somali trade unions who are independent workers which is the only processes that can be ensured the rights of the employees are not violated accordingly.

All the representatives from the meeting today on the World Day of Decent work called on the all Somali employers to development an employment contract to ensure that the rights of the workers are not violated.

Finally, the Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SCTU), representatives of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), representatives of civil society organizations, representatives of non Governmental organizations (NGO’s), representative of other Trade Union leaders, experts and Somali Elders called for the office of the Somali Prime Minister and the office of the Somali president and the international partners to intervene the situation for the interest of the Somali workers and ensure that their rights are not violated.

Contact

Somali Congress of Trade Unions(SCTU) Isu Tagga Urur Waynaha Shaqaalaha Somaaliyeed (ITUSS)
Somali Congress of Trade Unions(SCTU) Isu Tagga Urur Waynaha Shaqaalaha Somaaliyeed (ITUSS) - info@ituss.org.so

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