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Minimum wage waiver to end June

An undated photo of factory workers in Jordan. The new minimum wage decision allows garment sector employers to pay non-Jordanian workers less than JD230 per month. (File Photo: Jordan News)
An undated photo of factory workers in Jordan. The new minimum wage decision allows garment sector employers to pay non-Jordanian workers less than JD230 per month. (File Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The beginning of June will mark an end to an exemption granted to the Kingdom’s “most affected” sectors, which allowed them to pay workers the previous minimum wage of JD220 instead of JD260. اضافة اعلان

“Starting next month, the (latest) minimum wage amendment will become binding to all 46 of these broad sectors,” director of Workers’ House, Hamada Abu Nejmeh, said on Wednesday. 

The sectors that had been granted the temporary exemption were those that had been forced to shut down following the onset of the pandemic. But a recent decision from a trilateral committee will revoke this waiver from the new minimum wage decision, considering that most of these sectors have now reopened, Abu Nejmeh explained.

The minimum wage amendment, which went into effect on January 1, 2021, was issued in February 2020, but had only been published in the Official Gazette at the end of last year. 

According to Abu Nejmeh, the latest minimum wage decision, like those, which came before it, discriminates between Jordanian and non-Jordanian workers, in that it set an even lower minimum wage of JD230 for expatriates, compared to JD260 for Jordanians. 

He noted that this is a breach of the Jordanian and international labor laws, which prohibit wage discrimination on the basis of nationality, adding that such decisions evoke criticism from human rights organizations, which portrays a “grim” image of expatriates’ working conditions in Jordan.

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