To commemorate the International Worker’s day, independent trade unions organized a march in Amman on Thursday demanding more rights for Jordanian workers.
Almost one hundred protesters from 11 independent unions participated in the march, which was held the day after the international holiday due to the government’s decision to postpone the holiday by one day, creating a three day weekend.
Sameer Bustami, Head of the Drivers Independent union, said the protest was to urge the government to safeguard the rights of Jordanian workers,
”Our march today is to convey our frustration at the lack of rights for workers, rights which are in the law and the constitution and are in accordance with international agreements. These rights are not implemented at all, and our march is to demand these legitimate rights,” he said.
Bustami added that their two main requests are to provide all workers with social security and healthcare.
The issue of women in the workforce was also addressed by the protesters.
Samah Massanat, head of the country’s Unemployment Association, said Jordanian women are taking a backseat in the workforce due to competition from foreign workers,
”The percentage of female employment in the private sector used to be at 13%, but now I believe this has dropped to two or three percent. This is a result of the competition imposed by refugee labor which entered easily into the country’s workforce.” said Massanat….read the rest here