ILO presses for urgent action to provide decent work for Palestinian workers

A multitude of obstacles arising out of 50 years of Israeli occupation dominate the everyday reality of working women and men and their families in the occupied Arab territories, the International Labour Organization (ILO) says in a new report.  “The harsh reality facing all efforts to strengthen the Palestinian labour market is the control that the occupation exercises over the Palestinian borders and the access to land, water and natural resources,” ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says in his foreword to the report.

The 2017 edition of “The situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories” cites stringent constraints on movement and economic activity, a longstanding blockade of the Gaza Strip, and a stalled peace process coupled with intensifying Israeli settlement activity as critical determinants of continued deterioration in the occupied territories. The report examines employment and labour market conditions and rights of workers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the occupied Syrian Golan.
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