Jordan Farmers Association to address King Abdullah to protect them

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AMMAN — Head of the Jordan Farmers Association Ibrahim Al-Sharif said that the association will address His Majesty King Abdullah with a comprehensive message about the farmers’ situation and its refusal to include foreign workers under the Social Security Corporation (SSC) umbrella.اضافة اعلان

Sharif told Jordan News that the address will point out all obstacles and negative impact the decision has on farmers and on local employment, in the hope that His Majesty will protect them.

He added that the decision to include foreign workers under the SSC umbrella is unfair to the agriculture sector and will place additional burdens on it, and that the Jordanian product will lose its competitiveness in foreign markets since the decision will contribute to a new rise in the costs of production.

“The SSC is a national institution that should belong to the Jordanians, in order to protect them and do justice to them. There should be an incentive for the Jordanian worker to work in the agricultural sector,” he said.

He added that farmers have been long having hard times.

“This is a faltering sector that has faced difficult conditions. Farmers need support so that they can stand on their feet again and produce.”

The head of the Parliamentary Agriculture and Water Committee, Mohammad Alaqma, told Jordan News that the committee met with the minister of labor and the director general of the SSC to discuss the decision, “but we did not reach satisfactory solutions”.

He added that the committee requested an appointment with Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh to discuss this matter, “but unfortunately, we did not receive an answer or an appointment. I regret to say that this is a shameful thing”.

Alaqma said that farmers need support, in view of the difficult circumstances they have been facing for too long.

“That is why we, members of the committee, will meet and we will write a memorandum to the government and also address His Majesty King Abdullah.”

A source at the SSC, who spoke to Jordan News on condition of anonymity, said that including foreign workers in the corporation is part of its policy of providing social protection to every worker in the Kingdom, and of helping ease the financial obligations on the establishments that employ these workers, especially when they exceed their financial capabilities.

The source stressed that the corporation does not distinguish between Jordanian and foreigner workers.

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