In a webinar, with participation of representatives of ILO, world producers, BWJ, textile industry employers in Jordan, and the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries discussed issues to recover negative impacts of Coronavirus pandemic on textile and garment workers and employers.
The Union stressed on how to protect rights of workers, maintain their livelihood, and not to reduce Jordan’s share of work by World Brands Owners.
Mr. Omrani, the Union’s President, stated the importance to discuss this topic and to enhance Jordan’s presence in global production map, and maintain its share of production.
The purpose of organization of this virtual conference was to investigate direct impacts of Coronavirus pandemic on workers in Jordan, look for long term solution to overcome negative impact of the pandemic, and find ways for family members adapt in this crisis. In addition, interests of employers and market challenges were discussed.
Among conference participants, the International Federation of Industries and participants of more than one hundred textile and garment trade unions attended the teleconference.
Jordan Garments, Accessories & Textiles Exporters’ Association (JGATE), the Association of Owners of Factories, Workshops and Garments (AOFWG) and the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment & Clothing Industries agreed on a new annex of the Standard Work Contract for Migrant Workers.
The annex states that if the definite period work contract of the migrant worker expires and both contract parties do not wish contract renewal, the employer shall continue provide accommodation and food to worker until travel arrangements are completed without forcing the worker to work during such period.
If the definite period work contract expires and both parties wish to renew the contract, employer shall renew the contract using the approved standard work contract. In addition, if the contract expires and both parties wish to continue work for a short period of time until travel arrangements are completed, the employer and worker shall renew the approved and signed standard work contract with similar previous conditions as stated in the attached form.
إجتماع ثلاثي لدفع أجور العمال في الغزل والنسيج أثناء جائحة كورونا
The joint committee of representatives of textile sector employers and employees met to discuss several government decisions and Defense orders issued during the last period in particular those that affect workers in general and textile workers in particular as situation is becoming very hard on all.
During the meeting, it was stressed by all to comply with and implement all defense orders which aim to care for and protect workers’ life and maintain their livelihood which will lead to protection of textile and garment sector in Jordan.
In the meeting, Defense Order no. 6 of 2020 was reviewed. The Order stipulates that establishment authorized to perform partially or not included in non-work or unauthorized to work decision may apply to Minister of Labor to pay 50% of regular salary on condition it is not below minimum wage.
Pursuant to the Collective Agreement, employers pay minimum wage, so they will continue salary payment as well as in-kind items. This does not contradict with Defense Order requirements.
It was agreed to pay full wage of March 2020 without any deduction from both local and migrant workers as stated in Defence Order 6. As for workers who were not authorized to work during April 2020 whether at site or remotely, they will receive 70% of monthly salary, for JDs 300 minimum for Jordanian and foreign workers. Similarly, same process continued to apply during May 2020 until all workers return to work normally. It was also agreed during the meeting on specific means to pay salaries and avoid all misinterpretations. It was stressed also that during the lockdown, factories shall continue provide accommodation and meals to workers who were unauthorized to perform work.
The participants agreed on the QIZ textile workers’ interests and their daily livelihood. It is a sensitive and important sector for all parties and needs to be taken care of in order to maintain its competitiveness. They agreed to implement and comply with health and public safety and work SOPs approved by Ministry of Labor.
The minutes of the meeting was signed by JGATE President, Mr. Farhan Ifram, Jordan Chamber of Industry representative, Mr. Ihab Qadri, and the President of the General Union of Textile and Garment Sector Workers, Mr. Fathalla Omrani.