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Labour ministry planning to raise salaries of Jordanian QIZ workers
By Petra - Dec 18,2012 - Last updated at Dec 18,2012
RAMTHA — Labour Minister Nidal Katamine on Tuesday said the ministry was planning to raise the salaries of Jordanian workers in Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) to JD250.
During a visit to Al Hassan Industrial City, he noted that the move is meant to encourage Jordanians to work in the garment sector, adding that the ministry is also studying the possibility of providing comprehensive insurance for Jordanian workers.
He unveiled plans to pay a JD200 bonus every six months to Jordanians who are committed to their work, noting that there are more than 500,000 guest labourers working illegally in Jordan, in addition to 40,000 domestic helpers working without permits.
The Labour Ministry is coordinating with the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing industries efforts to reach deals with Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) employers to raise the wages of around 12,000 Jordanians working in garment factories in these qualified zones to JD150, the union president said on Wednesday.
Unionists on Thursday denounced the government’s decision to exclude Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) workers from the new minimum wage as “discrimination” against sector labourers.
The ministries of labour and interior have agreed to a proposal to exempt Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) workers from paying fines as part of an effort to protect workers’ rights, according to a Labour Ministry official
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