Sunday, May 26, 2024

Malawi Commits to Ensure Legal and Fair Labor Deal with Israel, Says Minister Nyalonje

Nyalonje in Israel

Malawi’s Minister of Labour, Agness Nyalonje, emphasized the government’s unwavering commitment to fostering a collaborative relationship with Israel in labor affairs, underscored by adherence to lawful, equitable, and well-informed procedures to mutually benefit both nations.

Speaking during a meeting on Thursday at the Sharaton Hotel in Tel Aviv with Israel’s Minister of Labour, Yoaz Ben Tzur, Nyalonje highlighted the opportune timing of the gathering, following the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two governments.

This MOU specifically addresses the temporary employment of Malawian workers in Israel’s agricultural sector. Nyalonje characterized the MOU as inaugurating a new era of collaboration, not only within labor realms but across various sectors of economic significance.

“On our part we wish to benefit from the employment opportunities to address the challenges of youth unemployment in Malawi which currently stands at 26 percent.

“We recognize further that the work opportunities provided to our youths will result in skills transfer and enhanced individual capacities that will be valuable for their personal development and economic empowerment upon their return to Malawi” she said.

Nyalonje noted that in addressing the challenges faced by the Malawian youths, the country also stands to benefit from the workers remittances which will improve foreign exchange inflows.

She said through the MOU, Israel will also benefit from Malawian workers` labour to address their labour requirements and sustain agriculture productivity in their country.

The Malawian labour minister then expressed optimism that Israel, being a member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), just as Malawi, share common values to promote fundamental principles and rights at work.

She observed that the ratification of various ILO conventions by the government of Israel gives confidence to the Malawi government that “our workers will be well protected in Israel”.

In his remarks Israel`s Minister of Labour, Yoaz, Ben Tzur expressed satisfaction with the Malawian workers, saying “We already have hundreds of them working in the agriculture sector”.

He assured the Malawi government that his ministry will ensure that employees from Malawi are well taken care of, have good housing, safety, good labour conditions, just as any other workers in Israel.

He commended Malawians for not succumbing to pressure of not supporting Israel.

According to Nyalonje, under the government to government recruitment process, workers who have relevant experience for the agriculture sector tasks at hand ranging from agronomy, animal husbandry, horticulture and apiculture, among others stand a chance to be recruited.



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