Al-Shoura [Archives:2004/765/Press Review]

August 19 2004

11 August 2004
Main headlines
– Sa'ada sends distress calls, battles continue after failure of mediation
– Directives on not reducing fees of Yemen Mobile phone calls
– On Houthi support charges, political security has been detaining children for more than a month
– 479 women, victims of security incidents in Ibb
– Central Apparatus searches for YR 12 million in Hudeidah education office
Columnist Abdulaziz Al-Majidi says in his article that fear is haunting hundreds of workers at the Textile Factory in Aden from a fate similar to workers of workers in installations that have been privatized before and led to their losing of legal rights they deserve from investments and the government.
A trade unionist committee representing 665 workers at the textile factory is now active to confirm rights of those workers in Aden as the committee has found out that the privatisation measures did not include them clearly. The workers were taken unawares when they knew about leasing the factory to a merchant a time there was news about selling the factory. The sides concerned with privatisation in Aden have denied their knowledge about what is going on, including the governor.
There were introductions of anxiety the workers had to get prepared to before the month of last July, the date fixed for handing over the factory to the merchant to whom the factory had been rented. The government has stopped paying salaries of those workers from the state treasury and the beginning of the year 2005 would be a painful end for a relationship the workers thought the law of civil service and the law on establishment of the civil service fund would guarantee their rewarding them for their services. According to the decision taken by the council of ministers on 8 June 2004, the establishment of Al-Issa for trade, development and investment would undertake employment of the factory's workers and taking into consideration all their rights guaranteed by valid laws but the fears workers are related to non-commitment of the investor to his obligations and then the workers would face the same fate that befell workers at other installations that had been privatized.