Published: 2018-07-27 10:52
Last Updated: 2018-07-27 11:19
Dar Al Dawa (DAD) employees suspended their 10-day strike after reaching an agreement with the DAD administration.
The two parties negotiated the terms of the agreement during a meeting held by the Parliamentary Labour Committee under the chairmanship of MP Khalid Al Fanatseh on Thursday.
According to the President of the General Trade Union of Workers in Health Services, Mohammad Ghanem, the open-ended strike saw 850 employees refuse to work until their demands were met, in which they were asking for raises, promotions, job security and to put in place a fair and clear incentives system.
The agreement, signed by Ghanem and DAD General Manager, Khalid Al Kurdi, in the presence of Ministry of Labour Secretary General Hani Khalifat, Director General of Labour Relations at the Ministry of Labour Hani Al Sawalha and Chairman of Dar Al Dawa Abdul Rahim Jardana, stipulated that the workers would bring the strike to an end immediately and shall receive a salary increase of JD30 each, per month, due by August, with guarantees that no disciplinary action or penalties would be taken against those who went on strike.
“This agreement meets some of the demands submitted by the employees of Dar Al Dawa, but it does not fulfill the aspirations of workers who were hoping to see all of their demands met,” Ghanem told Petra news agency, noting that “it was agreed with the administration that the dialogue would remain open for all demands to be implemented upon the conclusion of a study conducted by the company on the internal organisational issues.”
“We believe in positive dialogue because we are part of the company, and we will not allow anyone to hinder this pioneering path and disturb the positive relations between employers and employees,” members of the union committee at Dar Al Dawa stated.
Meanwhile, Fanatseh said that “this step confirms the keenness of the company and its employees to maintain a relationship of understanding and mutual appreciation,” while praising “the atmosphere and positive spirit” that prevailed in the meeting as a “role model” in labour disputes.
DAD’s General Manager stressed that “the employees are part of the company’s capital and important assets and we will do our utmost to improve their situation within the available resources,” while expressing the company’s “willingness to maintain a family-like relationship with all workers.”