Hassan Shehata, Secretary-General of the General Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions, announced the readiness of the Federation, its general unions and all its local institutions and federations spread in all governorates, to continue to provide all kinds of support for the implementation of protection programs led by the Egyptian state and its concerned institutions to protect irregular employment..
Shehata said in statements today, Thursday, that the General Federation and its unions, since the beginning of the Corona crisis, have participated in material and moral support, training and awareness for irregular workers to register themselves, to facilitate the process of listing them and providing them with support, explaining that no person living on the face of this earth can deny the role he played. The Egyptian state, with all its national institutions, including the presidency and government, and representatives of workers and business owners, in protecting irregular employment, especially with the emergence of the Corona virus, and the negative effects it has caused on this category, not only in Egypt, but in the whole world.
He continued: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi directed, at the beginning of the pandemic, to allocate 100 billion pounds to finance the state’s plan to confront the repercussions of the Corona virus, and ease the burden on citizens, and with the beginning of the second wave, the President directed to strengthen the financial support package to confront the negative effects of this global epidemic, with the aim of crystallizing the most appropriate financial measures to deal With these challenges, and ensuring the preservation of the safe economic path achieved by the state, and the gains of economic reform, and within one year, it witnessed an increase in spending on social protection programs by 24%, at a value of 114 billion pounds, which reflects the priority of the state in providing the greatest amount of support to the most vulnerable groups. .
The Secretary-General explained that this happened in Egypt, coinciding with the extent of the suffering that threatened that category around the world, and this appeared in warnings in international reports and statements from relevant organizations such as the International Labor Organization, for example, which confirmed the presence of 1.6 billion workers around the world in the informal economy facing A direct threat to their livelihood due to the “Corona crisis”.
He continued: We, as social partners, and within the production process system that includes the government, business owners and workers, have provided all available forms of “material and moral” support in order to participate in the protection of irregular employment, which the government officially estimated at 8 million workers, who work in the informal sector, which represents Approximately 60% of the state’s economy, and we are still ready to continue cooperation in the future to continue to take what is necessary to protect and organize this employment, and we have training centers and local labor unions spread in all governorates of Egypt, to raise awareness and educate this category of their rights and duties, and ways to cooperate with the official authorities.
Shehata explained that the future of irregular employment depends on the extent of participation and cooperation between the three labor parties from the government, business owners and workers during the coming period of continuing to update and develop databases and information to accurately account for these workers, within the framework of an integrated system aimed at their insurance care in implementation of the directives of the political leadership As well as registering them and counting them to provide them with all aspects of health and social care, as a simple part that is offered to these workers as a reward for their efforts and sweat in order to build and raise their homeland..as well as participation and cooperation between all partners concerned with this file, in order to implement the initiatives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi Which aims at protection and care, and presidential directives that urge maximizing cooperation and solidarity between state institutions to achieve Egypt’s 2030 vision, in particular providing decent work, working to integrate workers in the informal economy into the formal economy, and extending social protection to all categories of workers, including employment In order to support the work of the Ministerial Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Irregular Employment, by examining the challenges and opportunities facing this category, preparing To develop and adopt a specific strategy for their care and empowerment, with the importance of developing the idea of establishing a fund for their care, integrating them under the umbrella of social protection and supporting them in times of emergency and economic crises within the framework of binding systems, regulations and legislation.