2021/12/25 10:30 Number of readings 2148 Section: File and Analysis
The private sector closes to Iraqis and opens up to foreign workers
Baghdad/Al-Masala: Iraqi restaurants and hotels are laying off their cadres of local workers to be replaced by Syrian and Lebanese foreign workers.
The owners of restaurants and hotels prefer foreign workers to Iraqis, on the grounds that they are ready to work long hours and accept all jobs at low wages.
The owner of a restaurant in Baghdad says that he prefers the foreign worker to the local one to avoid the tribal and social problems that the Iraqi worker might cause in the event of any dispute.
Describing the situation of Arab labor in Iraq, Sayed Helmy tweeted that all Syrians, when they migrated to other Arab countries, became refugees and are considered second-class refugees, except in Iraq.
He said: Some Syrians have opened small projects, restaurants and sewing factories in the cities of Iraq.
The member of the dissolved Iraqi parliament, Faleh Al-Khuzai, said: I followed up on the file of foreign workers in Iraq, and the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs answered me in an official letter that his ministry does not know the number of foreign workers in the region, and the ministry was unable to implement Labor Law No. 37 of 2015.
Replacing Iraqi workers with foreign workers in the restaurants, hotels and other projects sector is a major danger point for the Iraqi economy, which has an unemployment rate of 40 percent.
The writer Haider al-Moussawi believes that the Syrian workers may have good experience in hotel matters and smooth dealing, but does this mean that the private sector in Iraq has become forbidden to Iraqis?
And it is not limited to employment only, as the number of Syrian and Arab restaurants in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region has started to increase remarkably, while Iraqi restaurants are now lacking their customers after they go to these restaurants.
Restaurants are witnessing a wide turnout from different segments of the Iraqi society looking for change.
Abu Ali, 54, says that Iraqi restaurants have become similar in what they offer, so we seek to try new foods, and this is what prompted us to go to Arab restaurants that have spread recently.
According to economists, the phenomenon of the spread of restaurant agencies and other agencies stimulates the Iraqi economy, but provided that the labor is Iraqi to reduce unemployment rates.