Employment Law in Need of Revision

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Armenian law on employment–adopted in 1997–needs revision–according to social security minister Razmik Martirossian. Martirossian believes the employment services that are engaged in solving the problems of the unemployed are very passive and larger steps must be taken.

The Minister also belives that the government should work with employers to help solve the problem of unemployment law. The law must also touch upon the issue of employment in foreign countries.

The current law does not allow certain information to be released about those employed in the country. According to official numbers–170,000 people unemployed in Armenia.

The ministry is in close contact with the employment service of the Swedish government–which is 100 years old and is a driving force in the country’s economy. The unemployment rate is only 4.3% in Sweden–and the government has taken successful steps in the past to combat unemployment.

During the first week of December the minister is to meet with officials of the governmen’s of Sweden and Lithuania in Petersburg. A joint employment program "Sweden-Lithuania-Armenia" is under development. Steps are taken to provide greater information and link employers with unemployed citizens. Crucial to this goal is to provide all regional employment centers with computers.

Final revisions to the law on employment will be completed in the near future–after which a draft will be sent to the government for approval.

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