The ILO in Jordan

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    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan became a member of the ILO in 1956, ten years after gaining independence. General unemployment is estimated to be between 12-14 per cent and nearly half of the country’s six million are under the age of 19, putting an increased focus on the need to provide jobs to a burgeoning work force. More>>

With ILO Support Jordan:

  1. Employment Promotion

    • Created 133,816 workdays in agriculture and infrastructure for Jordanians and Syrian refugees.

  2. Domestic Workers

    • Adopted Regulation No. 12 which organises private recruitment agencies and recruitment of migrant domestic workers.
    • Piloted an insurance scheme for employers of domestic workers.
    • Developed a legal and policy baseline on human trafficking for migrant garment and domestic workers.

  3. Syrian Refugee Crisis

    • Created 207,000 workdays for the maintenance and rehabilitation of numerous public assets.
    • Instituted flexible work permits in agriculture and construction outside the Kafala (sponsorship) system.
    • Issued 57,000 work permits in agriculture and construction.
    • Issued 64% of 118,000 work permits for Syrians in all sectors.
    • Modified a unified contract for migrant workers in Jordan’s garment sector to include Syrian refugees.
    • Established 11 Employment Service Centres which placed some 3,300 Jordanians and Syrians in employment (43% women) and issued around 16,000 formal work permits to Syrian refugees.

  4. Labour Migration

    • Achieved a sector-wide collective bargaining agreement for more than 40,000 migrant workers in Jordan’s garment.
    • Introduced a policy to ensure zero recruitment fees for garment factory employers.

  5. Child Labour

    • Implemented the National Framework on Child Labour.
    • Established the National Database on Child Labour.
    • Drafted Articles 31 to 36 of the Juvenile Justice Law No. 32. which raises the minimum age of criminal responsibility and prioritizes a rehabilitative approach to juvenile justice.
    • Enhanced child regulatory enforcement for 60 juvenile police, 40 National Aid Fund staff and 60 labour inspectors.

  6. Enterprise Development

    • Launched 25 start-up business and created 25 jobs through incorporating the Know About Business (KAB) programme.

  7. Gender Equality & Non-discrimination 

    • Achieved a collective bargaining agreement for private sector teachers incorporating non-discrimination measures.
    • Approved gender-responsive labour code amendments on pay equity, childcare, paternity leave, and flexible working hours in Parliamentary Committees.
    • Established around 100 new childcare centres and trained 27 careers on early childhood development.
    • Jordan became a member of the Equal Pay International Coalition.

  8. Workers’ Organizations

    • Established a multi-purpose workers’ centre which provides legal advice and trade union support for migrant workers in the garment sector.

  9. Skills and Employability

    • Enrolled 10,000 Syrian refugees and native Jordanians in a skills recognition programme.

  10. Social Security

    • Adopted a new Social Security Law to cover enterprises employing one or more workers, and cover the self-employed.
    • Ratified the Convention on Social Security (Minimum Standards), No. 102 (1952), making Jordan the first in the Arab States to do so.
    • Implemented a national social protection floor to reduce poverty.
    • Revised the investment strategy of the Social Security Investment Fund.
    • Government, employers’ and workers’ organizations adopted a strategy to institute universal health care.

  11. Employers' Organizations

    • Established a small and medium enterprises unit devoted to policy advocacy and services with Jordan Chamber of Industry.
    • Adopted a 15% increase in the minimum wage raise through negotiations with government, unions and employers.

  12. Tripartism and Social Dialogue

    • Created a unified contract for migrant workers in the garment sector through a two-year collective bargaining agreement.
    • Renewed a collective bargaining agreement covering working conditions and rights at work for 37,000 private sector teachers.
    • Annulled a draft law that criminalizes strikes.

  13. International Labour Standards

    • Ratified the Maritime Labour Convention.
    • Approved a milestone agreement to allow official inspection of garment factory dormitories.
    • Developed the National Labour Inspection Policy and Strategy.
    • Removed Jordan from the U.S. Department of Labour Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act list.