Labor Laws Legislation Forum: Principles of Social Justice

Haffiya Abdalla 

Most of us have heard of the term labor law but what does it really mean? Labor law consists of all of the laws and regulations that govern employer and employee relationships from a broad perspective. They aid in establishing the rights and obligations of both parties. When it comes to situations that involve claims of violation or unfairness, an attorney that specializes in labor law becomes a necessity. 

There are nuances within these laws that must be carefully examined to determine whether wrongdoing has been committed in legal actions.

Labor laws are the regulations that determine whether employees may assemble in this manner.

The Ministry of Labor and Administrative Reform, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, organized a forum on labor laws legislation within the framework of Sudan’s presidency of the 41st session of the Arab Women’s Committee under the slogan “Women is a homeland.”

The Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor and Administrative Reform, Soraya Farah Hamad, said that we must keep pace with laws and legislation so that we can keep pace with the labor market.

Director of the General Administration of Women at the Ministry of Social Development, Souad Dishol, welcomed the partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Administrative Reform. She said that the forum supports the principles of social justice and the implementation of the recommendations of the 41st session of the Arab Women’s Committee. 

Dishol pointed out that choosing Khartoum as the capital of Arab women is an affirmation of Sudan’s role first and its regional status, and to highlight its efforts in the field of women and the attainment of their rights.

Acting Director of the Gender Unit, Samia Marhoum saluted the audience and said that the unit was established According to a ministerial decision in October 2021 to promote labor issues and reach a workforce that enjoys job opportunities. 

She indicated that promoting the rights of working women is one of the most important axes 

 Director of the Department of Legislation and Laws in the General Administration of Women Dr. Maryam Ali Ahmed said that the Arab Women’s Committee was established in the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States in 1971, along the lines of the Committee on the Status of Women at the United Nations, which includes in its membership representatives of all member states of the League. 

To support cooperation and communication with the national and national councils and committees concerned with Arab women’s affairs and the relevant specialized ministerial councils, and to follow up on Arab efforts and coordinate with relevant regional and international organizations. National ratification and accession to regional and international conventions. 

Dr. Maryam stated that the Arab Women’s Committee falls under the Social Affairs Sector of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States.

This sector includes the Department of Women, Family, and Childhood, and its most important objectives are:

Achieving Arab solidarity towards women, family, and childhood issues in the Arab region. Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the international level by adopting programs and strategies for the issues concerned by the administration at the regional level. Providing technical support to member states. Coordinating work and cooperation in the field of women and family affairs. and childhood between Arab and international bodies, mechanisms, organizations, and specialized ministerial councils. Coordination of Arab positions in this regard, she added.

Alawia Abdullah Al-Doma from the Ministry of Labor and Administrative Reform presented a paper on labor legislation and laws, which referred to the legislation and laws that regulate the labor relationship in the organized sector and its relationship to international and bilateral charters and agreements ratified by Sudan, adding that Sudan has ratified 19 international labor conventions.

Al-Doma indicated that Sudan is one of the oldest countries in enacting labor laws and the National Civil Service Law and its regulations for the year 2007.

The forum recommends expediting the review of labor legislation to keep pace with developments in the labor market, Provisions of coordination between the center and the states in labor legislation because Sudan’s commitment to international, regional, and bilateral labor charters requires animosity and nationalism and unification of the methodology for dealing with framework labor issues, focusing on work problems in the unorganized sector, especially women, and trying to find a legal organization, ratification of the Migrant Workers Convention, establishing labor attachés in countries, create a paragraph obligating the employer to establish a kindergarten, Activating regional and international agreements and protocols.

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