Jordan allows companies impacted by COVID-19 lockdown to cut wages

Jordan allows companies impacted by COVID-19 lockdown to cut wages
The new labor regulations also include instructions on cutting salaries and leave balances of furloughed workers, as well as contract agreements. (File/AFP)
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Updated 01 June 2020

Jordan allows companies impacted by COVID-19 lockdown to cut wages

Jordan allows companies impacted by COVID-19 lockdown to cut wages
  • Only companies approved by the labor and industry and commerce ministries can implement the proposed pay cut

DUBAI: Jordan has allowed companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis to cut employees’ May and June salaries by 30 percent, state news agency Petra reported.

The new government order comes after the coronavirus outbreak forced businesses into a weeks-long lockdown.

“The move is part ongoing review of current developments and takes into account the conditions of employers in sectors most affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a government statement.

But employees “may not be coerced or pressured to agree to the salary reduction agreement in all cases,” the report added.

Only companies approved by the labor and industry and commerce ministries can implement the proposed pay cut.

The new labor regulations also include instructions on cutting salaries and leave balances of furloughed workers, as well as contract agreements.


UK slams ‘illegal’ Israeli settlement plans 

The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
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UK slams ‘illegal’ Israeli settlement plans 

The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
  • Britain ‘seriously concerned’ by decision to approve 780 new units in West Bank

LONDON: The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank.

In a statement issued by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), James Cleverly said the UK is “seriously concerned by Israel’s decision to approve 780 new settlement units in the West Bank. We urge Israel not to proceed with their construction.” 

He added: “Settlements are illegal under international law and risk undermining the physical viability of the two state solution.”

The new plans were announced on Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Sunday, a government committee moved to ratify the construction of some 365 homes while giving preliminary approval for another 415, according to Israeli anti-settlement campaign group Peace Now.

An FCDO spokesman called for the construction of settlements “in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank to cease immediately.”

In November, Cleverly criticized Israel’s decision to start proceedings for the construction of 1,257 settlement homes in Givat HaMatos.