ESC likely to advise against dissolving Labor Ministry

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AMMAN— The Economic and Social Council (ESC) is leaning toward maintaining the Ministry of Labor as a sovereign ministry, and not dissolving it or merging it with other ministries, Al-Rai daily reported Tuesday.اضافة اعلان

An informed source confirmed that after a series of discussions and review of opinions regarding the public sector development plan that will be sent to the government, the council had reached the conclusion that the abolishment of the ministry will cause an imbalance among the parties responsible for production.

There is dissatisfaction with the recommendation to dissolve the ministry, since it is the foremost authority over labor rights and acts as the central hub for all parties concerned with the rights of workers, and its dissolution will cause chaos in the labor market, the source said.

... (The Labor Ministry) is the foremost authority over labor rights and ... its dissolution will cause chaos in the labor market.
Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said in August that the government is open to opinions and criticism of the public sector development plan, and that the plan is not inscribed in stone, but could undergo modification.

The public sector development plan suggested abolishing the Labor Ministry during the period 2022–2024, and transferring its tasks and roles to other ministries, as follows: transferring the tasks of the national employment program to the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply; canceling the Vocational Training Corporation, and transferring its tasks to the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development; transferring the tasks of regulating the labor market and expatriate permits, inspections and violations to the Ministry of Interior.

The Labor Ministry has 19 directorates and units in Amman, 19 directorates across the other governorates, and 12 labor offices.

Council Chairman Musa Shteiwi had said in previous statements that the government expressed a commitment to making amendments based on evidence-based proposals and ideas, noting that the council presented feedback about the plan, and important recommendations that will be presented to the government.

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