Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Who does flirt with Slavery in Jordan?

Dreaming of Conditions of Slavery in Jordan???
It feels really upsetting watching all the central efforts of the responsible government of Jordan towards modernization and better general conditions in workers' rights and daily life standards, finding a crashing obstacle on the imperial behaviors of unthoughtful managers, directors or, even business owners.

This is the story that came to my knowledge in reliable details.

The General Manager of M...com, a company of courier services, discovered a broken glass in the trash bin of the company. Directly he threatened all the employees with immediate dismissal. Second thoughts pushed him to reconsider (probably thinking of the cost of compensations). He delivered a warning letter to each and all. Moreover he decided to impose a fine upon all employees for the broken glass and to force them to sign a certifying letter that in case they get a training course and decide to leave, or get fired, they will be obliged to pay the gross amount of five thousands (5,000) J.D., a sum that exceeds for most of them the annual revenues from their salaries.

Is it acceptable to impose a regime of horror above the desks and the daily tasks of people who try to make in an honorable way their living? Does the post of the General Manager or the status of owner allow the frustration that these young people experience in their effort to produce wealth for the company and build up some experience for their future?


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Anonymous qwerty said...

Why doesn't one of the workers consult a lawyer to find out the legality of the GM's actions. It maybe that his actions are illegal or the obligation to pay is uninforcable

12:50 AM  
Blogger Vas said...

That these actions, threats and behaviors are illegal, it is clear. Now, why do the employees normally avoid taking further legal action? Because they fear of being indefinitely black-listed among companies in the same field...

7:10 AM  
Anonymous bakkouz said...

Is this story true? I highly doubt that a director would make such a fuss and threaten to terminate ALL employees over a broken glass.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Vas said...

I assure you it is. Anyway, the cruelty of it would not be less even if addressed only to one employee.

8:33 AM  
Blogger No_Angel said...

here i was expecting to see something about maids and i get this.
the reality is that they look in those youngsters because they don't know any better it is a really sad thing.
but how can we help if we don't know the company :P

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so sad but it is true, as well. I'm so sorry but some horrible things do happen in many companies around Jordan.

So, what can we do? Mmmmm...I think the press should be involved in this. I mean one or several employees should contact a hardworking reporter that is well known for supporting the rights of workers (and we have many of those.) And the reporter should not reveal the identity or name of any employee but at the same time that will help the people to know about it. And confidently something good will happen after that (because mostly it does.)

7:33 PM  
Blogger Vas said...

1.AAAAkhh, no_angel,,, this maid-epic is another bitter story and I wish that someone will have the courage to bring up details. How they find sometimes themselves with no access to their traveling documents, how they are abused in various ways, what guarantees they have to provide to the agency... Coming to your other point, if you are ever offered services by a courier firm that starts with MIR and ends with COM, gently refuse. And if you see any general manager of such a firm with the E.Ft. name on his business card, just gently slap him.
2/ Rowan,,, yeah, this is the way, to make it public, to inform the Ministry of Labor, to bring it up in the blog-o-sphere, hoping that we can build up some alternative network of information, knowledge and behavior.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Grigsgr said...

The only word i can say.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Vas said...

File grigsgr,,,these days such details, and the prospect of a difficult winter ahead for a big segment of the population, twist my mood...

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Why don't you write something new...perhaps, something less depressing because every time I take a look at your blog, the first thing I see is the three ugly words (slavery in Jordan) and the sad picture that's under them. I mean I know there is slavery but enough said about it since Nov. 13. You know there are many wonderful topics in the world. If you cannot see them, look hard. If you still cannot see them, look harder, please.

However, my point is your last post was very good, and it got me thinking about many things...now post something that makes your readers happy. Really, where are you?

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11:59 PM  
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