(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Around 100 guest workers will be repatriated after being found in violation of labour regulations during an inspection campaign the labour ministry started earlier this week, a ministry official said on Tuesday.
The ministry launched a joint campaign with the Public Security Department on Saturday to ensure guest workers' and business owners' abidance by the Labour Law and relevant regulations, according to an earlier statement issued by the ministry.
The statement said the campaign aims to ensure adherence with the relevant regulations and follows a grace period, which ended last week, given to illegal guest workers to rectify their situations and to ensure that their work status was in keeping with the Labour Law.
"Nineteen joint teams comprising the police and ministry inspectors will take part in the crackdown and they will work in two shifts. The inspection process will be conducted across the Kingdom, including the Qualifying Industrial Zones, but will exclude Aqaba," Adnan Rababaa, director of safety and inspection at the ministry, told The Jordan Times yesterday.
He noted that any guest worker found in violation of the regulations would be repatriated, stressing that the labour inspectors' jurisdiction is limited to the workplace, where they will be checking the workers' work permits, while police officers will ensure that their residency permits are still valid.
"In all cases, no one will be repatriated unless their financial rights are met. We are coordinating with the police to ensure that all workers have received their full rights from their employers before they leave the country," Rababaa said, adding that the ministry studies all cases on an individual basis in order to ensure justice for everyone.
The official said the campaign will be open-ended, adding that some 30,000 Egyptian, Syrian and Yemeni workers benefited from the grace period offered to guest workers to rectify their status.