Conference discusses mitigating disruptions in labor markets

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Press Release — A conference discussed ways to mitigate the socioeconomic disruptions in labor markets that may result from a transformation to a green, zero-carbon economy, according to a statement issued at the end of the meeting on Wednesday.اضافة اعلان

It said 100 participants attended the “Just Transition is Social Justice” conference held in the Al-Nabateen hall of the Crown Plaza Hotel, Amman. The focus was on the role of Just Transition, and prioritizing social justice and sustainability.

The gathering, convened under the patronage of Minister of Labor Nayef Stetieh, was organized and supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), and the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions.

“The conference provided the space for open discussion, raised thought provoking questions, and allowed for a dynamic exchange of ideas among panelists and participants,” the statement said. It said the presentation of the novel report on this topic by Bashar Mahmood Zeitoon, titled “A Just Transition in Jordan – The Role of Trade Unions”, provided the basis for this conference and catalyzed two discussion sessions.

With welcoming notes by Magdalena Kirchner, Resident Director of FES Jordan, as well as Mazin Al-Maaytah of the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions, and the minister of labor, the conference was opened.

Setting the conference into the context of the upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP27), Kirchner expressed the dedication of FES to “continuously act as ally to trade unions and labor rights activists while supporting regional and international cooperation among unions for social justice”.

“To ensure a Just Transition, unions cannot take a passive role but need to be at the frontline of change and in finding win-win solutions”, Kirchner stressed, while emphasizing the relevance of supporting vulnerable groups such as youth and women in light of current challenging times, and in particular regarding the future for climate and labor rights.

“Common themes among the opening remarks where the extraordinary importance of these topics for the Arab world, the necessity for joint approaches by public and private sector, as well as the necessity of adapting to a new reality,” the statement said.

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