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Aqaba port staff end strike after reaching accord with new management

JLO criticizes company’s handling of workers’ demands

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Port workers ended their week-long strike Monday after the union came to an agreement with the port company’s new management. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — Workers at the Aqaba Company for Ports Operation and Management returned to work Monday after ending a strike following last week’s toxic gas leak, head of the Ports Workers’ Union Ahmed Amayreh announced.اضافة اعلان

The union ended its strike after a meeting with the company’s newly appointed director general, Amayreh said, after some of the workers’ demands had been met, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The union called on all employees to return to work.

Under the agreement, more safety measures will be provided at facilities and cargo handling yards, alongside a JD30-bonus to workers. Three percent of the company’s annual profits will also be disbursed to workers. Other demands, however, were shelved.

A government investigation Sunday accused the company’s management of negligence and the Cabinet approved the termination of a number of top officials including the director general, who was replaced Monday.

Meanwhile, the Jordanian Labor Observatory (JLO) has criticized the way the Aqaba Company for Ports Operation and Management had dealt with the port workers’ strike that began a week ago, according to Amman.net.

The JLO held the company’s management responsible for the damage caused to the economy as a result of the suspension to shipping, handling, loading and unloading, and other related work.

These remarks came in a statement issued by the observatory on Sunday after measures were taken by the company’s management, which has since been replaced, which saw them ignore workers’ demands and then proceed to hire new daily wage workers to replace those on strike. 

The JLO stressed that hiring daily wage workers and ignoring the demands of its own employees violates the essence of international agreements issued by the International Labor Organization.

It stressed the need for the government and the Ministry of Labor to assume their responsibilities and respond to the demands of striking workers, especially those related to occupational safety, in accordance with the laws and regulations in force and relevant international agreements, including Convention No. 152 and Convention 155 related to occupational safety and health for workers.

Meanwhile, media consultant of the Social Security Corporation (SSC) Shaman Al-Majali, said that the corporation may raise by 4 percent its work injury insurance on the Aqaba Company for Ports Operation and Management for violating occupational safety mandates, Al-Ghad News reported.

In the event a company fails to abide by workplace safety regulations, the SSC can raise its work injury insurance from the standard 2 percent.

Additionally, the SSC can charge the company for the medical expenses of every worker injured as a result of violated safety mandates.


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