A New Sectoral Collective Bargain Agreement

Remarks of the Union’s President Fathallah Al-Omrani

With the help of all concerned parties, the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries (the Union) had successfully concluded a new sectoral Collective Bargain Agreement (the Agreement) along with Jordan Garments, Accessories & Textiles Exporters’ Association (JGATE), and the Association of Owners of Factories, Workshops and Garments (AOFWG). It is a good opportunity to commend all efforts that had resulted with signature of the Agreement that will serve entire Sector.

According to the Labor Law, the Union is tasked with improvement of labor conditions and relations, including conduct of collective bargaining and agreements. This Agreement is a way to continue progress of textile and clothes sector which aims to support Jordan economy and improve work conditions. The Agreement is also a step forward building on previous sectoral bargain agreement.

The Agreement is a result of outstanding cooperation between all parties; employers and employees, and reflects the positive atmosphere of the Sector. It led to positive stability of the relationship between parties and improvement of production concepts which will resolve amicably all disputes that may arise from time to time. We hope that all Agreement’s provisions will be fully implemented taking into consideration the mutual interests of all parties.

The Agreement shall be a model for other sectors. It is a way to manage any social dialogue process for solid industrial relationships whether on employers’ level or the Sector as a whole. It is a reflection of best practices that are in line with internationally acknowledged labor standards.

We, at the Union, seek always to establish, enhance and organize balanced relationships between investors and employees. It is our aim to create attractive work environment that leads to the welfare of workers and benefit of investors.

Therefore, at the time the Union calls the employers to implement the Agreement, it urges employees to work sincerely to maximize production and improve productivity to maintain and sustain investments.

Finally, as we congratulate all those concerned on the signing of the sectoral agreement which its enforcement started on 1 Nov. 2019 and will remain valid till 1 Nov. 2022, we commend the positive understanding by all parties as well as the role played by BWJ in bringing together the different viewpoints. We also thank all those who sought and contributed to achieve these results.

Four Capacity Building Workshops organized for union committees in Irbid

In cooperation with the International Federation of Industries, The Union organized four workshops on capacity building of union committees members in Irbid region. The Union President Fathalla Omrani explained sector issues and ways to support union work.

Furthermore, workers learned on the International Federation of Industries, identified the challenges which they face in factories and dorms, and discussed possible solutions as well as the role of the Union in protecting workers’ rights and the role of workers in supporting Union’s activities. In addition, the participants learned on the Collective Bargain Agreement of Textile Sector. Mr. Omrani stressed its importance and advantages for the workers. He also urged workers to activate role of committees at work sites and the need to communicate between committees and workers in factories.

The Union meets with union committees to explain the new Sectoral CBA

The Trade Union, in cooperation with BWJ and factories’ management, had organized several meetings with union committees.

The meetings conducted in Irbid QIZ, Addulail QIZ and Sahab QIZ and attended by workers of different nationalities, clarified articles of the sectoral collective bargain agreement recently signed.

They also discussed measures on how to inform workers of its items at all factories.

The Union and JGATE propose to MOL new controls on foreign labor force

Jordan Garments, Accessories & Textiles Exporters’ Association (JGATE) and the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries (the Union) represented by their presidents and board members and members appreciated the efforts and role played by Minister of Labor and his support for textile and apparel sector in removing all obstacles that hinder sector growth and progress.

In a joint letter sent to the Minister, both the Union and JGATE stated that Textile Sector is one of the promising and supporting sectors of the economy in spite of difficulties they face. They added that MOL dispatched recently inspection teams to QIZ enterprises where they found that few number of workers of foreign nationalities holding work permits of professions factory worker, factory worker / sewing technician, factory worker / machine operator, factory worker / QA, sewing technician, etc. but performing administrative jobs needed by factories to operate being foreign investors employing huge number of foreign workers, and they need non-Jordanian workers to operate critical jobs.

Further, they stated that MOL inspectors were accompanied by police officers who arrested violating workers and ordered immediate deportation. We believe that it is against human rights. In addition, a cash penalty of three thousand dinar was paid for each worker found. It is a huge amount for the factories.

The letter included a proposal to identify closed and restricted trades and professions for migrant workers of textile sector, and grant a grace period to correct the situation till date of expiry of each work permit. Upon renewal, the profession shall be amended reflecting exact situation. The letter urged to offer the Sector an open description of permits which include admin jobs and others. Each factory might be granted six vacancies of closed jobs for every 300 workers. In addition, they called for stop of inspection raids on factories but suffice with warnings, sanctions without arrest or imprisonment of violating workers.