Jordanians unable to compete with expatriate agricultural workers, says Minister of Labour

Jordan

Published: 2020-07-27 11:59

Last Updated: 2020-07-27 12:01


Jordanians unable to compete with expatriate agricultural workers, says Minister of Labour
Jordanians unable to compete with expatriate agricultural workers, says Minister of Labour

Jordanian workers are unable to compete with their foreign counterparts in the agricultural sector, said the Minister of Labour, Nidal Bataineh.

Expatriate workers have unlimited working hours, health insurance and social security payments on their behalf are not required.

“There is a situation of dependence by investors in the agricultural sector to use migrant workers,” said Bataineh during Roya’s Nabd Albalad on Sunday.

He said these differing requirements mean Jordanian workers are unable to compete with migrant workers, adding that action is required to involve more local workers.

He stressed the need to provide a package that includes social security, health insurance and necessary training, to increase the competitiveness of Jordanian workers.

Agriculture nowadays differs from old agriculture and farming, it requires more effort due to technological progress.

Bataineh said agriculture work today is a great deal easier than traditional methods due to technological advances.