Israel to hire 500 Jordanian day workers for Eilat hotels

Published April 5th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Despite incentives offered, the government and local hotel industry was unable to recruit Israelis for the positions. (File photo)
Despite incentives offered, the government and local hotel industry was unable to recruit Israelis for the positions. (File photo)
Israel will allow another 500 Jordanians to work at its hotels in the Red Sea resort of Eilat in order to meet local staff shortages, AFP reports.
 
Jordanian staff would be employed in cleaning, dishwashing and room service. The workers will stay for eight hours and then return home to Jordan at the end of each workday. The new staff would join 400 Jordanians already employed in Eilat hotels. 
 
Last December, Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud) met with representatives of the Eilat airport, the Wadi Araba border crossing with Jordan, and the manager of the Taba border crossing with Egypt, Yizhak Hai, and announced plans to expand the Jordanian day worker program from 150 to 500 by the end of December 2015, with an eventual goal of 1500.
 

The Red Sea resort of Eilat has about 12,000 hotel rooms, and near the Jordanian border and the kingdom's own Red Sea resort of Aqaba.

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.


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