Police attacks striking Wal-Mart workers in Jordan

This video is called Human Trafficking: Worker Dies in Jordan Sweatshop (Bengali). It says about itself:

Mistreatment at the Fashion Curve plant in Jordan’s Al-Tajamouat Industrial City leads to worker’s death. Workers there are underpaid and cheated into paying money for free visas. Overtime is forced and not compensated.

From the National Labor Committee:

Three Thousand Workers Strike in Jordan Sewing for Wal-Mart and Other Companies


Workers Beaten by Police

Classic Fashion Apparel Industry
Al Hassan Industrial City
Irbid, Jordan

Three thousand foreign guest workers, 50 percent of them young women–1,500 from Sri Lanka, 900 from Bangladesh, 400 from India and 100 from Nepal–have been on strike since Monday, December 10, 2007. The situation is critical. At least 10 workers were beaten today by the police. Before going on strike, the workers had written to the Jordanian Ministry of Labor seeking help, but received no response.

* Workers paid less than half the wages legally due them, earning a take-home wage of just $30.95 a week for a minimum of 78 hours of work, while they should have been paid at least $64.88.

The monarchical government of Jordan is a key ally of George W. Bush in the Middle East.

Jordan in February 2008: here.

Jordanian law allows girls as young as 15 to be married, even though age of consent is 18: here.

6 thoughts on “Police attacks striking Wal-Mart workers in Jordan

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