Guest workers still subject to abuse’

Hani Hazaimeh; 24/12/09

Foreign workers in the Kingdom are still subject to abuses and unacceptable work conditions inconsistent with international standards despite government efforts, a study said on Monday. Conducted under the Labour Watch Project by the Phoenix Centre for Economic and Information Studies, the report paints a dim picture of the situation in the country saying that many foreign workers are still paid less than the JD150 minimum wage, with others working long hours without being compensated for the overtime work. “There are still cases where domestic helpers are denied their rights to have annual leaves or meet with members of their families working or residing in the Kingdom,” the report said, adding that many helpers complained against physical and verbal abuse by their employers. Commending the report’s compilation methodology, a Labour Ministry statement, e-mailed to The Jordan Times yesterday, said the government has yet to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.