In Jordan, reforms to the labour law are making things worse

In Jordan, reforms to the labour law are making things worse r1 ... Jordanian labour law has long restricted the rights of workers to exercise their right to freedom of association, to organize and to bargain collectively.

These limitations include prohibiting migrant workers, who represent a significant part of the workforce, from forming their own unions; permitting unions in only 17 sectors set by the government; and a limit of just one union per sector. The last of these in particular has made it difficult for new unions to register and work in the country. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has repeatedly criticized these and other aspects of the labour law.

The Jordanian legislature is now considering amendments to the labour law which not only fail to fix these long-standing problems but in fact impose new restrictions.

The amendments have passed the House of Representatives and will be debated by the Senate. Both the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the ILO have sent detailed memos identifying how the amendments violate international labor law, but the government has so far ignored these recommendations.

The Jordanian government needs to hear from workers globally that it must ensure its laws comply with fundamental labour rights, including freedom of association -- not make them worse.

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Eric Lee
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