On their International Day: “Aramea” calls for the support of workers victims of wars 01-May-2017

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On the occasion of their international day, the Aramea Foundation calls on the countries of the international community to provide all forms of support to workers who fell victims of wars in the Levant region to compensate them for the loss of their livelihood.

The International Workers’ Day, which falls on the first day of May each year, is an occasion to honour workers all over the world, and a celebration to glorify their sacrifices in the struggle for justice. This day was chosen to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago, USA, when workers went on strike for an eight-hour workday.

Based on that, Aramea Foundation reminds workers around the world of the plight of their comrades in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and other war-torn countries and their suffering after wars have consumed their livelihoods and made them struggle to secure the basic needs of their families. Aramea also called for workers’ rights to be protected in these countries.

Marking the International Workers’ Day, Aramea chairman Siwar Al Asssad said “Many workers have effectively no rights and are therefore exposed to harsh systems and unfair and abusive practices. Many of their comrades have lost their jobs due to the current conflicts, or because their factories were destroyed and looted by terrorist groups.”

Al Assad added that “A large proportion of workers in counties ravaged by wars in the Levant are currently at risk of poverty. Unofficial estimates state that unemployment rate in Syria, for instance, rose from 14 %in 2011 to about 58 % in 2014”. He warns that the ratio may have risen to a higher level during the current year.”

The Aramia Foundation chairman called on the international community to “take urgent measures that take into account these shocking figures, the socio-economic realities in Syria and other countries affected by war and step up measures aimed at rebuilding their shattered economies and infrastructures, to create new jobs for labourers who lost their jobs because of war.”