Industry Update/National Response
- June 2021 Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Bisher Al Khasawneh issued Defence Order No. 30, The new defense order states that “all facilities are required not to allow any person to enter before providing ID card or health verification code or COVID-19 vaccination certificate through “Sanad” application.
- March 2021: The COVID-19 cases have again begun increasing in Jordan, and the epidemiological situation is nearing a dangerous point. The Royal Decree approved the appointment of Feras Al Hawari as Minister of Health and Yousef Al Shamali as Minister of Labour. The Jordanian Health Minister handed in his resignation after a medical tragedy occurred in a Jordanian hospital. The Minister of the Interior is acting on behalf of him.
Factory Service Update
- May: Nearly 7,000 Covid-19 cases have been reported among employees in Jordan’s garment sector across 61 different factories. Currently, 14 factories are reporting active cases. The majority of workers are eligible for vaccines. As of the end of May, 22,500 garment workers had received vaccinations (at least the first shot) across 58 factories. Larger factories partnered with the Ministry of Health to arrange vaccinations at the factory. The majority of these are migrant workers. Jordanian workers have mostly returned to work – across 39 factories where Better Work Jordan gathered data, Jordanian workers were working at 94% capacity. Thirty-two factories had Jordanian workers at full capacity. The Estidama (“Sustainability”) programme will aim to cover 50 per cent of wages for those working in unauthorized institutions. The Better Work Jordan team, in collaboration with the Social Security Corporation, hosted an industrial seminar to explain the Estidama programme, which was launched by the Government of Jordan in Dec. 2020. Participants including head managers, administration managers and financial managers attended the seminar.
- March: All in-person factory visits have been suspended until further notice.
Additional Better Work Activities
- The ILO\Better Work Jordan and Jordan Garments, Accessories & Textiles Exporters’ Association (JGATE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2020, which holds true. It signifies the two parties wish to promote the joint cooperation between them to strengthen the exchange of expertise in the domain of work and promotion of industrial relations between workers and employers and to encourage enterprises to comply with the provisions of the Labour Law and the core labour standards of the ILO. The goal of this agreement is to contribute to improving the economic performance of enterprises and their competitiveness, as well as educating workers about their rights and duties based on these outputs. The duration of the MOU is two years.