Somalia submits historic agreements to protect workers’ rights

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The Somali Federal Government has for the first time submitted seven international treaties on workers’ rights.

At a ceremony held at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia on Tuesday in the presence of the Director General of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder and other officials, the Somali Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. Duran Ahmed Farah submitted the seven agreements.

“It is a historic event. Somalia today is a leader in seven international conventions on labor rights.” Mr. Duran said.

He added:  “We’ll make it, we’ll step up evidence of our commitment to employee development and rights.”

The agreements signed by the International Labor Organization (ILO) include the Health and Safety of Workers, Migrant Workers’ Rights, Combating Harassment and Harassment of Working Women and Tripartite Cooperation, Government, Employers and Workers.

“It is remarkable that Somalia has ratified seven ILO agreements.” said the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

“This move demonstrates Somalia’s commitment to promoting peace and resilience through effective work.” He added.

In late December, the Somali Council of Ministers ratified seven treaties as part of the ILO’s agreements, which are crucial to fundamental principles and labor rights.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Secretary General of the Somali Trade Unions, Mr. Omar Faruk Osman, the Director General of the Ministry, Abdullahi Mohamed Ali and other officials from the Ministry.

The Somali Ambassador to Switzerland, Abyan Mohamed Salah, also attended the event.

BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI