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15 January 2018

Lafarge Jordan: Restructuring plans allegedly suspend 300 employees and revoke their retirement entitlements

In December 2017, the General Trade Union of Construction Workers in Jordan issued a statement regarding Lafarge Jordan's plans to suspend 300 employees. According to the Union, the company is seeking to revoke employee entitlements for early...

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15 January 2018

LafargeHolcim's Response

Author: LafargeHolcim

The labor case concerning employees in Lafarge Jordan dates back several years when changes in the local market led to significantly reduced demand for cement. In order to ensure the business in Jordan was sustainable in this new environment, one of...

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Article
15 January 2018

As Jordan's garment sector grows, activists push for better migrant workers' rights

Author: Alisa Reznick, Middle East Eye (UK)

...Stretching across more than a square kilometre of arid desert in northern Jordan, Al Hassan is the largest of 18 special industrial zones churning out readymade garments and textiles for export. It is also home to the thousands of migrant workers...

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Article
14 January 2018

Teaching coding to young refugees will generate job opportunities to thousands

Author: Rana Freifer, Wamda (UAE)

“Teaching refugees to code empowers everyone in the community...Including IT education in education programs for refugees equips thousands of young refugees with highly job-relevant skills for future employability and self-sufficiency,” Houssam Chahin...

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Article
8 January 2018

Labour Ministry urged to implement ‘clear standards’ for expulsion of migrant workers

Author: Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto, The Jordan Times

A legal aid organisation based in Amman has urged the Ministry of Labour to implement “clear standards and mechanisms” for the expulsion of migrant workers after the arrest of 10,408 foreign labourers and the deportation of 6,558 of them over the past...

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Article
2 January 2018

Berlin Spends Over €400bln on Scheme to Employ Refugees in Middle East

Author: Sputnik International

The German government has created almost 20,000 jobs this year in Middle Eastern countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, as part of its "cash for work" scheme that aims to stem migration from the Middle East to Europe. The new employment brings...

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Article
13 December 2017

Can Jordan get a million Syrians into work?

Author: Daniel Howden, Hannah Patchett and Charlotte Alfred, The Guardian (UK)

...The Jerash Garments & Fashions Manufacturing Company, a factory with 2,800 employees, is run by Oryana Awaisheh, a Jordanian who...is among the pioneers trying to take up the opportunity of the Jordan compact...Awaisheh set out to hire refugees...

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12 December 2017

In Jordan, an empowering solution for UN-run refugee camps

Author: Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor

...In Jordan, the UN and its partners have hooked up the first solar-powered refugee camps in the world – a test as to whether the international aid community can step beyond the emergency relief approach and provide sustainable solutions that benefit...

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11 December 2017

UNHCR hosts Winter Bazaar to support refugees, disadvantaged communities

Author: Camille Dupire, Jordan Times

“Participating in this market helped me get exposure for my art, as not many people can come inside the camp to see it,” said Moayad, a 21-year-old Syrian artist who sold 10 of his paintings in the Winter Bazaar organised by UNHCR Jordan between...

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23 November 2017

A Missed Opportunity: Employing Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Author: Shaddin Almasri, Al Bawaba

Following the Jordan Compact agreement in February 2016...Jordan pledged to create 200,000 work opportunities for Syrians in exchange for aid and an agreement that relaxes the EU's rules of origin for imports...According to the agreement, 52 Jordanian...

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