Private sector estimated to employ 2.2m workers, says trade union head

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AMMAN — Mazen Maaytah, president of the General Federationof Jordanian Trade Unions, revealed that the number of workers in the private sector in Jordan is estimated to be around 2.2 million workers.اضافة اعلان

 His statement came on the occasion of International Workers' Day, which falls on the first Monday of May each year.

According to Hala News, Maaytah stressed the importance of providing job security and preventing workers from losing their jobs.

The federation concentrates on resolving labor issues, particularly in establishments and institutions facing difficult financial circumstances. This approach aims to prevent an increase in unemployment and reduce high unemployment rates.

Declining workers' rights in various sectors
Maaytah also noted that workers' rights have relatively declined in various sectors. Many work environments face challenges that prevent them from providing a decent work environment. Despite these challenges, the unions, through collective bargaining agreements, he said,  have achieved many accomplishments and gains in various economic sectors.

Maaytah emphasized that achieving economic and social development can only be done by providing decent and secure employment opportunities that guarantee workers' rights and respect them.

This approach is in the national interest as it helps to achieve decent work standards and improve workers' rights, as stipulated by the laws and regulations.

Youth unemployment rate at alarming levels
Maaytah warned of the serious repercussions of the problem of unemployment, which is spreading widely among young people.

Unemployment, he added, affects their future and their role in society and nation-building. He pointed out that official statistics indicate that the unemployment rate among young people in the age group of 15–24 is 47.2 percent.

According to the latest report from the World Bank, youth unemployment rates have reached unprecedented levels, reaching 50 percent.

Maaytah emphasized the need to find effective solutions to the problem of unemployment.

He stated that young people are a significant force in society, and their unemployment exacerbates devastating social consequences.