Promoting and supporting social dialogue and decent work for all in the MENA region

SOLIDAR is leading a regional EU-funded programme in seven Southern Neighbourhood countries together with 20 members and partner organisations working to promote universal social protection, decent work for all and freedom of association. The SOLIDAR Middle East and North Africa network is active at different levels to mobilise CSOs and trade unions to tackle the growing socio-economic inequalities, the high level of youth and women unemployment, all the while combating the growing violations of civil society space and trade unions’ rights, as well as promoting universal social protection and decent work.

In this context, last week SOLIDAR organised a mission to Jordan to attend the opening seminar of the ITUC-led regional Pilot Project on the Promotion of Social Dialogue in Southern Mediterranean Countries (Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan). SOLIDAR supports this project and believes that a structured and well-organised and transparent social dialogue is essential to ensure sustainable development through decent work and social peace. The role of CSOs is also strengthened within this project as essential actors for ensuring sustainable civic dialogue and transparent public policy and governance.

During the mission to Jordan, SOLIDAR organised a meeting with the EU Delegation to Jordan and our members and partners ARCS, Movimiento por la Paz (MPDL), Tamkeen, the WE Center and the Phenix Center to present the 2015 Social Protection Monitoring Report for Jordan and to discuss the Partnership Priorities between the EU and Jordan and the revision of the EU programming cycle. In addition, SOLIDAR organised an exchange of views with Maha Kattaa, Crisis Response Coordinator at the ILO, to discuss the ongoing challenges related to access to the labour market for Syrian refugees and host communities in the framework of the post-London conference. Also, SOLIDAR met with Ursula Kulke, the ILO Regional Social Security Specialist (Arab States), and discussed the recent Social Security Law adopted in Palestine, as well as other initiatives of Social Protection Floors in Jordan and Lebanon.

On the occasion of the World Day for Decent Work, SOLIDAR members MPDL and PNGO will be organising a workshop in Palestine on Palestinian Youth and Access to Decent Work. The workshop aims to raise awareness and take stock of existing limitations, both in terms of legislation frameworks and of the practical access to decent work for youth in Palestine and the ways in which this right is undermined. The programme of the workshop can be found here.

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