Pharmacy One employees protest anew as ‘promises not honored’

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(Photo: Pharmacy One)
AMMAN — Dozens of Pharmacy One employees picketed the company's headquarters anew today (Sunday) to protest the administration's measures and failure to pay their wages for months. اضافة اعلان

Protesters held banners criticizing the Lower House, Ministry of Labor, Pharmacists Syndicate, and the Cabinet for failing to resolve their issue.

In April, ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies criticized Pharmacy One for “violating employees’ basic rights by depriving them of their salaries for months.”

According to the organization in a statement issued then, Pharmacy One management practiced “some form of pressure such as transferring employees to distant branches in a bid to pressure them into submitting requests for unpaid leaves or even resignation.”

The sit-in ended when the company’s administration held a meeting with the employees’ representatives, in the presence of the company’s lawyers, accompanied by officials from the Public Security Directorate and the Ministry of Labor.

Pharmacy One, the largest pharmacy chain in Jordan, agreed to pay two months’ worth of salaries within 14 days.

 “The company repeatedly promised to pay our salaries going back to October. My situation got worse and I was forced to sell my car, and I got a divorce because I was unable to provide for my household,” Saqer Kamel, one of the protesters said as he took part in April’s protest.

“The management of Pharmacy One has recorded the names of the employees who have protested and I expect they will push them to resign,” a protester, who preferred to remain unnamed, told Jordan News.

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