Jerusalem Arbitration Centre launched

19 November

The first dedicated Israeli-Palestinian center for resolution of commercial disputes between businesses located in Palestine and Israel is launched in East Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Arbitration Center is a branch of the International Chamber of Commerce and was initiated within the framework of PIBF, the Palestine International Business Forum, an initiative supported by NIR.

The centre is located in east Jerusalem and headed jointly by Oren Shachor, president of the International Chamber of Commerce Israel and Munib Al-Masri, a Palestinian businessman. The Jerusalem Arbitration Centre will be an independent institution for legal arbitration, but bases its decisions on the ICC guidelines and procedures. This brings the advantage of the neutrality and credibility of a third party with international repute to the operations.

Business people on both sides hope that the Jerusalem Arbitration Centre will encourage more trade between small and medium-sized Israeli and Palestinian companies. For Israel, business with Palestinian companies are a way to expand trade with the Arab world; and for Palestinians, the Israeli market offers opportunities to trade with Europe and the United States.

Reuters reports on the launch here.

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lack of enabling environment for social dialogue at the workplace level, despite the provision of legislative acts that protect and promote workplace cooperation is a reoccuring issue  in Kenya. To implement good policy there must be a fertil ground.

Therefore SWP developed the UP!  project. Together with Swedish companies as an entry point, and with unions i South africa and Kenya. 

In Kenya SWP created the SWP UP! Programme targeting skills development of the union Shop Stewards from 18 companies in the Automotive sector in Kenya during 2021. As a result, the Stewards were able to use their skills to build trust and cooperation with management in new ways to avoid conflicts. 

A second cohort of training, in close cooperation with union AUKMW, takes place in 2022.

The training allows shop stewards to step out of their daily routines and understand their role and the purpose of their union, understand the labour market context, the laws that regulate relationships and the business itself. But on a human level, many shop stewards also highlighted that they feel respected as human beings, and that they have developed the skills to engage with supervisors and management and experience respect in professional relations. The experiences had deeply impressed them and helped to project the vision of dialogue and mutual respect and their own potential as a means to change workplaces.

The intervention of the SWP programme had a direct effect at the workplaces, where shop stewards listed several cases where they had managed to intervene and secure results in dialogue with management, avert crises or find solutions based on opportunities and the communication skills obtained during the SWP training. For the Amalgamated Metal Workers Unions in Kenya, the shop stewards pointed to how the training had enabled them to design their own strategies at the workplace in relation to supervisors and staff, and to achieve many concrete results.

Based on this shop steward upskilling, I feel confident that as a union we now have change ambassadors that will grow the industry, protect, and promote decent work principles for both the employer and the employees represented. And that disputes will be dealt with at the workplace level by though consultative dialogue.

Rose Omamo

General Secretary
Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers