Workers establish workers and craftsmen association in Saraqib city, Idlib
Workers and craftsmen in the city of Saraqib, 14 kilometers east of Idlib in Northern Syria, in cooperation with the local council, established a Workers and Craftsmen Association, in order to preserve their rights.
Firas Khalil, the founder of the association said that they held the opening conference on Monday, then issued a founding statement and elected a head, along with a deputy, a secretary, and officers to handle standards. Khalil noted that they will hold another meeting to set out the rules for procedure within the association.
Khalil added that the idea of establishing the association emerged following divisions affecting the poor working class. Khalil noted that they will provide workers' rights, such as work opportunities, medical and major rights, and workers' participation in managing the city.
Muthana al-Muhammad, the head of the local council, stressed that they will support and cooperate with the association to ensure workers’ rights and provide for workers' needs.
A participant of the conference considered the association to represent workers and residents of the city, nand expected that the association would provide useful services to the city.
On Jan. 7, 2017, the free Hama Health Directorate held the initial opening conference of Hama health workers in the city of Kafranbel, 36 kilometers south of Idlib.
Self-employment is high in the Idlib governorate amidst the spread of unemployment in recent years due to Russian and Syrian government bombings and industrial, trade facilities, and the closing down Syrian government institutions.