ILO and Jordan pledge to further promote Decent Work

A new Decent Work Country Programme for Jordan sets the framework for ILO support to the country’s workers, employers and the Government till 2022.

Press release | 21 November 2018
BEIRUT (ILO News) – The ILO Regional Office for Arab States and its tripartite partners in Jordan signed into force the third Jordan Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) to enable the continued delivery of ILO support to the country’s workers, employers and the Government until 2022.

The Programme supports national initiatives to promote decent work and strengthen national capacity to mainstream decent work in social and economic policies.

The Programme was signed by Minister of Labour Samir Murad, ILO Deputy Regional Director Frank Hagemann, Director of the Jordan Chamber of Industry Maher Mahrouq, and Chairman of the General Federation of Trade Unions Mazen Maaytah at a ceremony on 21 November at the Ministry of Labour in Amman.

The ILO’s Frank Hagemann said the new Programme is testimony to a common vision of the labour market and a common resolve to jointly tackle its challenges with concrete and definite actions.

“We are committed to fully supporting the ambitious plans of the social partners and the Government, especially in facilitating the transition of young people to the labour market and to increasing job retention, building the capacity of the Ministry and related institutions, and supporting social dialogue processes around key policy aspects, at national and sectorial levels,” Hagemann said.

The new Programme’s three main priorities are: enhancing employment opportunities to contribute to economic and social stability; creating a level playing field for Jordanians, refugees and migrant women and men through decent working conditions for all; and increasing the contribution of social partners to decent work.

The ILO and the tripartite partners will also strive to include marginalized populations at all stages of programming. The DWCP will be implemented in closed collaboration with other UN agencies, under the umbrella of the UN Strategic Development Framework. The DWCP contributes to achieving the SDGs, especially SDG 8 on growth and decent work.

The ILO is working with the Government of Jordan as well as workers' and employers' organizations  to achieve these objectives by collaborating in areas including employment promotion, rights at work, social protection, social dialogue, pay equity, youth employment, labour inspection and child labour.

In recent years, the ILO has also responded to the Syria refugee crisis in Jordan, with a comprehensive Programme of Support to the Jordan Compact that includes among other interventions (a) the set up of 11 employment service centres for the matching of more than 3,000 people into jobs; (b) testing and certification of close to 10,000 workers in the informal economy; (c) more than 250,000 workdays created in labour intensive infrastructure work.

Since joining the ILO in 1956, Jordan has ratified 24 ILO Conventions, including seven out of eight fundamental Conventions. The ILO launched its first Decent Work Country Programme in the Arab region in Jordan in 2006. Jordan has made significant progress in promoting decent work, boasting numerous success stories during the implementation of its last Decent Work Country Programme (2012–2015), which was extended until 2017.