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More dignity and rights for migrant workers in Jordan?

From the ILO:

Workers in Jordan’s Qualified Industrial Zones have held numerous strikes over the past years to protest against what they perceive as labour rights violations. A new collective bargaining agreement is now aiming to improve the situation.

Nour Jihan, from Bangladesh
SAHAB, Jordania (ILO News) – Twenty-four year old Bangladeshi Nour Jihan moved to Jordan a year ago to work in a clothing factory in the industrial city of Sahab. Her employer provides food and board, which allows her to send about USD150 back home to her family.

“I’ve worked in several countries, but last year I heard that many women from my country were moving to Jordan for work so I decided to do the same,” she said, adding that she started to look for work abroad after her father died. “I had to help my mother take care of my seven siblings.”

Jihan is one of about 40,000 mostly South Asian workers employed in Jordan’s garment manufacturing sector, whose exports last year reached a record USD1.2 billion.

But while business has boomed across Jordan’s Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZs), relations between workers and factory bosses have often broken down. QIZs are special areas that manufacture goods for sale in foreign markets. There are 14 in the country.

Over recent years, QIZ workers have held numerous strikes to protest against what they perceive as labour rights violations, low wages, and poor working and living conditions.

In response, a collective bargaining agreement was signed in May this year between two apparel employers’ associations and Jordan’s union of garment factory workers. The agreement was widely viewed as an unprecedented step forward in the enhancement of social dialogue and industrial relations within the sector.

The agreement between the Jordan Garments, Accessories and Textiles Exporters’ Association, the Association of Owners of Factories, Workshops and Garments, and the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries was facilitated by Better Work Jordan (BWJ) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  1. Podargus
    November 4, 2013 at 6:14 am

    “I had to help my mother take care of my seven siblings”
    Breed like rabbits,die like rabbits.

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