23,000 hospitality workers to receive health insurance, minimum wage

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The two-year agreement sets a JD260 minimum wage and health insurance coverage for hotel workers. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — The Union of Workers in Public Services and Free Vocations and the Jordan Hotels Association signed a two-year collective work agreement that covers all workers in the hospitality industry, and will benefit about 23,000 workers in all hotel categories in Jordan, according to Al-Mamlaka TV. The agreement was jointly signed by the union and association presidents, Khaled Abu Marjoub and Abdul-Hakim Hindi respectively.اضافة اعلان

A statement by the union said the hotel association would review the living conditions of the industry's workers in light of the high cost of living. The agreement also affirmed workers' rights to part of the 10 percent service charge, based on a government's decision and existing regulations.

Under the agreement, the union would grant three annual scholarships at Ammon Applied University (two students in the diploma course, and one in the bachelor’s track). The two sides agreed to work together to improve workers' performance as well as to safeguard their rights under the Labor Law.

The agreement stipulates the health insurance coverage for hotel workers, as well as the provision of training through partial financial assistance from the hotel association. The agreement also set the minimum wage at JD260, subject to any amendment that would be decided by the government.

The agreement also included a clause stipulating the inclusion of 50 employees in a health insurance contract with the King Hussein Cancer Center, valid for 2022; the provision of medication for chronic illnesses that are not covered in the health insurance policy; in addition to granting 25 scholarships annually to workers’ children.

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