Workers demand more in Amman
Staff working for Greater Amman Municipality have staged sit-in protests over wages and living conditions
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A ministerial committee looking into demands of Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) employees on Tuesday agreed to restructure the existing salary scale and grant the workers a 25 per cent raise on basic salaries, GAM said.
In a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times, the head of GAM committee, Abdul Halim Kilani, said the new salary is designed after the civil service pay system, in addition to the raise, adding that the decision was made following a “series of meetings and discussions with concerned parties after GAM drafted the new system and discussed the proposal with the [Prime Ministry’s] Legislation Bureau”.
Earlier in the day, around 300 GAM employees started an open-ended sit-in, demanding higher salaries and improved living conditions.
The municipal employees said they would continue their demonstration until their demands were met, underscoring that they have been making the requests for over a year now.
“We demand that the Prime Ministry approve the restructuring of GAM employees’ salaries. We have urged the government to raise our meagre salaries more than once and all we got were promises,” Ayash Kreishan, president of the GAM employees’ association, told The Jordan Times.
The employees staged the sit-in at Al Nakheel Square near City Hall in Ras Al Ain, while other employees of GAM directorates across the capital refused to process any applications as part of the protest, according to Kreishan.
Meanwhile, Hammam Maaytah, president of the General Trade Union of Workers in the Municipalities, urged the GAM employees to call off the sit-in, saying that the municipality’s administration had already approved restructuring the salaries.
“The rights of GAM employees are protected because the union is closely following up with the GAM administration, which promised that the restructuring of salaries would happen within days,” Maaytah said in a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times on Tuesday.
He added that the union had decided to dissolve the administrative committee of the GAM employees’ association as a punitive measure for holding the sit-in.
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