Center calls on government to review policies to achieve social justice

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AMMAN — The Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies called on the government to reconsider its economic and social policies with the aim of progressing toward the promotion of social justice in Jordan, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

In a statement issued by the center on the occasion of the International Day for Social Justice, which falls on February 20 each year, it stressed that social justice cannot be achieved by continuing to implement policies based on poor working conditions and low wages.

It said that social justice is achieved when there is equality of rights and when opportunities are offered without discrimination, so that all can benefit from economic and social progress, and enjoy their economic and social rights.

This year's International Day for Social Justice is held under the theme "Achieving social justice through formal/organized employment", which means ensuring that employers have all the social protections that are an essential part of the generally accepted standard of decent work.

Informal workers in Jordan in 2019 amounted to approximately 48 percent of the total workforce, according to official sources; an increase in that rate is expected due to the effects of coronavirus pandemic on the economy, according to the statement.

In this context, the center called on the government to adopt labor policies within the framework of labor and social security laws to ensure that workers of both genders enjoy basic working conditions, including decent wages, universal social protection and sustainable jobs.

The statement also said that achieving social justice requires reviewing tax policies currently in place to reduce the tax burden resulting from indirect taxes, relying more on progressive income taxes, and imposing taxes on wealth.

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