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Jordan: Better Work 2017 report finds forced labour, abuses of freedom of association & health & safety commonplace in garment factories

"Annual Report 2017: Better Work Jordan", 16 Feb 2017

Better Work Jordan has been conducting assessments of the working conditions in Jordanian exporting apparel factories since 2009. Each assessment consists of a two-day on-site visit, which includes meetings with management and workers, document reviews, and observations from factory facilities and dormitories. The goal of the programme is to ensure continuous improvements in the industry working and thus raising the overall compliance level. This report illustrates findings from assessments conducted between November 2015 and December 2016 by Better Work Jordan in 67 factories. The data collected reports non-compliance with labour standards based on eight clusters: four based on ILO Core Labour Standards encompassing Child Labour, Discrimination, Forced Labour, and Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and four clusters based on the national law regarding working conditions in regards to Compensation, Contracts and Human Resources, Occupational Safety and Health, and Working Time. Assessment results from factories covered in this report are largely consistent with findings of the past reports – with non-compliance concentrated in Occupational Safety and Health, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining and Contracts and Human Resources...

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