Restaurant association, union sign collective work agreement

Jordan Restaurant Association. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The General Trade Union for Workers in General Services and Free Vocations and the Jordan Restaurant Association on Thursday signed a collective work agreement that cost JD1.25 million to benefit around 25,000 workers for three years, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

The association pledged to give Jordanians priority to work in tourist restaurants, substituting expatriates with local workers by encouraging local workers and training them in the sector’s works.

Following the agreement, the amounts restaurants charge for the services they provide during the term of the agreement must be divided equally among their workers, in accordance with the applicable law and the circumstances of each tourist restaurant.

The agreement also stipulates that these restaurants must abide by any resolution issued by the Prime Ministry by paying Jordanian workers the minimum wage, keeping the service charge separate from salaries. Moreover, the restaurants should provide a safe work environment, in accordance with the labor and social security laws, respecting their right to subscribe to social security, have appropriate working hours, leaves, overtime, and weekend, and official and religious holiday leaves.

As per the agreement, tourist restaurant owners should undertake to give fair employment contracts, in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, and instructions, in addition to granting annual raises, if possible, or in accordance with the restaurants’ policies in this regard.

Restaurants must also hold educational workshops for workers and owners about the labor law and the rights and duties they all have.

The General Trade Union for Workers in General Services and Free Vocations represents all workers in the tourist restaurant sector, while the Jordan Restaurant Association represents the tourist restaurants that are classified and licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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