Legislative Chamber passes law “On labour protection” in new edition

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Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan passed a draft law “On labour protection” on 10 March 2016, information service of the Ministry of Labour of Uzbekistan said.

Current law “On labour protection” was adopted in 1993 and it should be updated taking into fast development of industrial protection, launch of production of new goods, expansion of service sector in last 20 years.

The document should comply with the requirements of market economy and measures directed to further liberalization of economy and democratic reforms.

The draft law was developed in 2015 on the initiative of the Cabinet of Ministers and submitted to the Legislative Chamber for consideration. The draft law was based on conventions and recommendations of ILO and takes into account experience of over 20 countries. It was also discussed with participation of public.

The law determines main directions of state policy on labour protection and introduces norms for creation of decent labour conditions for employees, development of business, prevention of corruption, etc.

The document also includes norms on attestation of jobs for compliance to labour protection requirements, prevention of professional illnesses and accidents, and others. It also expands rights of trade unions in conducting public control in the sphere of labour protection.

The law is directed at ensuring correct organization of labour protection, improving responsibilities of employers and employees in execution of the labour protection rules, preventing and decreasing number of accidents at production, etc.

The law will be directed to the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan for consideration. If Senate passes it, the document will come into force from 1 September 2016.

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