ILO / PALESTINIAN WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS

09-Nov-2023 00:03:46
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a funding appeal for its programme to respond to the effects of the current conflict in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) on the Palestinian labour market. ILO
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STORY: ILO / PALESTINIAN WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS
TRT: 3:46
SOURCE: ILO
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LANGAUGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 09 NOVEMBER 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Various shots, Government representatives form ILO Member States meeting in conference room at ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for Arab States:
“The ILO is meeting today with development partners to seek crucial funding support to implement the response program that we have developed to meet the important needs of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian workers and employers who have been affected by the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The labour market in Gaza has been decimated. So far over 60 percent of employment in Gaza and 24 percent of employment in the West Bank have been lost since the 7th of October. It is very clear that the magnitude of the required response is beyond what we have ever seen before in the Palestinian territory. Our response program is already underway. We have currently provided immediate relief to affected workers and employers, and we are working on assessing the impact of the crisis on the labour market and the livelihoods as well. And in the long term, we are hoping to be able to assist and rebuild infrastructure, recover lost jobs and businesses while providing social protection benefits to get.”
3. Various shots, Government representatives form ILO Member States meeting in conference room at ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for Arab States:
“The ILO is meeting today with our development partners to seek funding for implementing a response programme we have developed to meet the critical needs of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian workers and employers who have been affected by the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The labour market in Gaza has been decimated where over 60 percent of employment has been lost since 7 October while 24 per cent of employment was lost in the West Bank with daily labour income losses of 16 million US dollars, according to an assessment we issued on this past Monday. It is clear that the magnitude of the required response is beyond what we’ve ever seen before, and our response programme is already underway, and mobilized around 2 million US dollars of the ILO’s internal resources. We are currently providing immediate relief to affected workers and employers. In future phases, we will also assess the impact of the crisis on the labour market and livelihoods, and in the long term we will work on rebuilding infrastructure with our partners and recovering lost jobs and businesses while providing social protection benefits.”
5. Various shots, Government representatives form ILO Member States meeting in conference room at ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
STORYLINE
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a funding appeal for its programme to respond to the effects of the current conflict in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) on the Palestinian labour market.

The appeal identifies a financial requirement of US$20 million to fund the ILO’s three-phase response programme, set to provide both immediate relief and longer-term assistance to mitigate the effects of the crisis on hundreds of thousands of affected Palestinian workers and employers.

The ILO has mobilised its internal resources and has already channelled around $2 million US dollars towards emergency relief interventions and preliminary data collection. It is also working on allocating further internal resources to implement its response plan.
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