Labor Ministry finds 420 cases of child labor since January

Child labor mechanic
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN— On Saturday the Ministry of Labor released a statement saying that it had discovered 420 cases child labor since the beginning of 2021.

The ministry issued 67 warnings and 219 tickets against employers during that time it said.اضافة اعلان

The ministry’s inspection teams carried out some 14,751 visits to establishments countrywide during that time, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

A study by Tamkeen, a civil society organization in Jordan, found that child laborers mostly in the construction, restaurants, and the machinery and auto repair sectors.

It added that a child’s monthly minimum wage stands at JD260, and they often work long hours without being paid overtime.

The President of General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions Mazen Maaytah, noted that child labor has adversely affected the entire labor sector, stressing the importance of vocational and technical training to address this phenomenon.

The Labor Law No. 8 for the year 1996 and its amendments prohibits employing children and juveniles, as Article 73 states that children under the age of 16 are not to be employed in any job, while Article 74 prohibits employing juveniles under the age of 18 in risky and dangerous jobs.

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