A new project will be launched about labour law and administration in Afghanistan

{New project to improve Afghan labor laws and administration, promote decent work

ILO NEWS Kabul: A new project to strengthen labor law and administration in Afghanistan will be launched today by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations specialized agency dealing with work and work-related issues. Dari – Pashto

The three-year project, funded by the US Department of Labor, has two primary objectives. The first is to review Afghanistan’s labor laws and regulations with the aim of creating a legal framework that supports the promotion of productivity and workers’ rights, complies fully with ILO standards and the principles of the IL Conventions Afghanistan has ratified. Secondly, it will review, reform and strengthen the capacity of the MoLSAMD to provide services to workers and employers, with a special focus on improving labor law application.

Welcoming the new project, H. E. Amina Afzali, the Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled said: The project will contribute to build a modern system of labor administration strengthening our capacity to provide services to workers and employers across Afghanistan.

Herve Berger, ILO Senior Coordinator and Representative for Afghanistan thanked USDOL for their support and emphasized that bringing decent work to Afghans was an important contribution to stability and peace in Afghanistan.

The 2010 Kabul Conference identified good governance, the rule of law and human rights as the foundations of a strategy for achieving stable, prosperous Afghanistan. In addition the national priorities defined by the Human Resource Development Cluster, (a coalition of five key Afghan Government ministries including the MoLSAMD) include facilitating decent work through skills development and market-friendly labor regulation, to maximize employment opportunities for all.

Afghanistan’s 2007 Labor Code does not appear to provide comprehensive protection in line with the ILOЎЇs core international labor standards. These include freedom from forced and child labor, non-discrimination, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. In addition the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations has made observations concerning the application of standards set out in the Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951(No. 100); the Abolition of Forced labor Convention, 1957 (No.105), and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention,1958 (No. 111), among others.