Thursday, April 23, 2009

Egypt's Real Estate Tax Employees Call on ILO to Intervene

Real Estate Tax Authority Staff Call on ILO to Intervene
Al Masry Al Youm
Mohamed Azouz & Hisham Omar Abdel Halim

The employees of the Real State Tax Authority seized the visit of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to Cairo and called for establishing an independent syndicate for them.

Kamal Abu Eita, the commissioner-general to establish the syndicate, has confirmed that he contacted the ILO experts during their meeting with Aisha Abdel Hadi, the Minister of Manpower, and called on them to intervene to establish the new syndicate.

Some 500 workers gathered yesterday before the Ministry of Manpower and met with Abdel Hadi, who said she would examine their demands in accordance with the international laws and conventions on labor, noting that she will announce her opinion soon.

Other sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Regional Director General of the ILO Al-Qariouti notified the ILO experts with detailed information on Egypt so that it could carry out its work quickly.

The sources confirmed that the ILO officials expressed resentment at amending their agenda, especially after turning their meeting with the members of the People's Assembly (Parliament) Manpower Committee to a business lunch.

The officials wanted to open a dialogue with MPs on the factors impeding the amendment of the Egyptian laws to conform to the international standards of labor.

The officials called for amending the labor laws in Egypt as soon as possible. They asked about the forms of support they could offer to Egypt in this regard to avoid international reservations.

See also:
ILO Regional Director: We Do Not Deal with Illegal Organizations in Egypt

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