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Labor sit-ins escalate in Jordan

Amman Today

publish date 2022-03-11 18:23:14

The Compass – The sit-ins demanding job opportunities and confronting the problem of unemployment have increased in Jordan, which has witnessed a significant increase during the past two years and reached 25%, while international institutions estimate it more than that.

According to the head of the Jordanian Labor Observatory, Ahmed Awad, the sit-ins took escalating forms after ignoring dealing with them by the official authorities, especially since some of them have been going on for a long time and are still continuing. Awad added to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed: Although the constitution guarantees in its sixth article the right to work for all Jordanians, the reality says otherwise, as there are hundreds of thousands of unemployed people in many governorates who are still looking for decent job opportunities that secure them a living. with dignity.

The head of the Labor Observatory said that the problem of unemployment in Jordan is constantly rising and posing a great challenge to successive governments, which have failed to deal with it, and have become a danger to society and the state in general. The Jordanian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Nasser Al-Shraideh, said in mid-January that the number of unemployed people in Jordan had reached 425,000 by the end of the third quarter of last year.

In a report by the Labor Observatory, for years the unemployed have been demanding their guaranteed right of providing them with job opportunities in the hope that their demand will be met. However, their continued neglect by the concerned authorities ignited their protests and their voices began to rise to demand their right.

The Jordanian Labor Observatory said that since the second half of last year, sit-ins have been carried out by the unemployed in several governorates, such as Madaba, Ma’an, Tafileh and Karak, and some of the villages located there, to demand their employment. According to the observatory, the sit-in carried out by nine unemployed people in Madaba governorate, west of the capital Amman, in front of the governorate building, has reached its sixtieth day and is still ongoing.

A sit-in carried out by about 30 unemployed people in Ma’an, southern Jordan, in front of the governorate building reached its 37th day and is still continuing, to demand their employment.

In a statement to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, an official said that the problem of unemployment is a priority for the government’s work, and thousands of job opportunities are currently being provided temporarily for several months to ease the burdens on the unemployed.

The official, who declined to be named, added that the government is no longer able to provide job opportunities in the public sector, and the focus is on creating job opportunities in the private sector and motivating young people to go to professional and technical fields instead of other disciplines.

The report of the labor observatory stated that “the sit-ins of the unemployed in the villages were the most prominent in the village of Al-Jafr in the Ma’an governorate, where more than 100 unemployed people carried out a sit-in in mid-June of last year, which extended for more than two months, in front of the municipality of Al-Jafr, to demand the provision of Job opportunities for them in government departments and public and private shareholding companies in the region, and the sit-in was punctuated by numerous threats of suicide.”

Last January, the Ministers of Interior and Labor met with a group of unemployed people in Al-Jafr, and pledged to them to achieve their demands and provide them with job opportunities.

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