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MENAFN - Jordan Times - 15/02/2012

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(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Phosphate miners wrapped up a three-day strike on Tuesday after their employers agreed to meet their demands, the head of the Trade Union for Workers in Mining and Metal Industries Khaled Fanatsah said.

On Sunday, the employees began an open-ended strike demanding better working conditions.

During a meeting held at the Ministry of Labour yesterday and attended by representatives of the Jordan Phosphate Mines Company, the miners' union and the Independent Union of Phosphate Workers, the management decided to improve the employees' working conditions, according to Fanatsah.

"Employees will be paid a JD500 bonus for their performance during the past year. In addition, they will receive a 10 per cent raise in their basic salaries starting this year. The employees' annual raise will also double by 2013," he told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday.

At the meeting, the parties also agreed to form a panel consisting of two representatives from the company and three members representing the firm's administrative body to manage the restructuring, which will begin working in January 2013, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Lastly, the company will appoint workers with official contracts starting from April 2012 and enhance the conditions of non-contract workers and appoint them officially if they meet the terms of appointment.

Azzam Smadi, a member of the phosphate workers' union, added that employees will also receive a JD80 cost of living allowance for this year.

He said the employees held several meetings with the company's management previously, but had not seen any tangible solutions to their concerns.

"I think that some of the company's management only agree to their employees' demands when they hold a strike, unfortunately," he told The Jordan Times.

Fanatsah expressed appreciation for the company's decision to improve employees' working conditions.

 






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