GFJTU takes part in L20 Workers Communication Group Summit

The General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFJTU) has participated in the “L20 Workers Communication Group Summit,” which wrapped up its activities on Saturday, in the Saudi capital,Riyadh.


Speaking via videoconferencing, GFJTU President, Mazen Ma`aiteh, called on workers’ organizations to engage in a tripartite social dialogue sponsored by Arab governments, to come up with a “new” vision that addresses the Covid-19-induced imbalances in the labor market and its negative repercussions on the worker sector.


Ma`aitah referred to the “large” wage gap and other gender-based labor rights, adding this situation requires development of the legal mechanisms and legislative tools necessary to to reach a work environment that guarantees equal rights for both sexes.


The unemployment levels, which have reached “unprecedented record” rates, triggered by the Covid-19 crisis, require “firm” measures and “effective” steps towards stimulating national economies and increasing their ability to generate new job opportunities that meet the Arab youth’s aspirations and provide them decent livelihoods, according to Ma`aiteh.


Ma`aiteh pointed to the need to review employment and vocational training policies in a bid to meet needs of the labor market, and contribute to reducing the high unemployment rates.


Moreover, he noted the importance of improving work conditions in line with international standards based on the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions.


The L20 Workers Communication Group Summit, which saw wide international participation, discussed the G20 program for empowering women and youth, labor standards and trade union rights in the Arab world.


Source: Jordan News Agency

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