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ILO calls for renewed efforts to promote peace, decent jobs and social justice for workers
Press release | 25 May 2016
GENEVA (ILO News) – A continuation of the peace process is a precondition for job and wealth creation, decent work and social justice for all in the occupied Arab territories, the International Labour Organization (ILO) says in a new report.
The report calls on the international community to assist in providing the parameters of a just and fair solution for all, particularly the employers and workers in the occupied Arab territories. It is concerned that the peace process has been at a standstill for a year. Violence has escalated since October 2015 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Unemployment remains high, and in Gaza it is the highest in the world. The situation of Palestinian workers is increasingly precarious.
The annual report of the ILO on the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories will be submitted to the ILO’s International Labour Conference , which opens in Geneva on 30 May 2016.
“The current road is fraught with dangers. In order to address the persistent vast inequalities between economic performance, employment and income, and freedom of movement and enterprise between two peoples in the same region, the principles of social justice and decent work must be applied,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says in his foreword to the report.
The report notes a climate of economic stagnation, where GDP growth did not meet expectations and was especially weak in the West Bank. This resulted in only a small improvement with respect to total unemployment, which eased from 27 per cent in 2014 to 25.9 per cent in 2015, and is not indicative of a healthier labour market.