Published: 2020-11-26 13:30
Last Updated: 2020-11-26 15:04
The Minister of Labor Maen Qatamin Thursday said the government is currently studying a proposed program to provide financial support for workers and employers which will enable them both to cope with the coronavirus crisis. The government will introduce a package of measures aiming to expand social protection for individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister said.
During a meeting organized by the Amman Chamber of Commerce with representatives from the sectors most affected by the coronavirus crisis, it was announced that the proposed program has reached advanced stages. Qatamin expressed his appreciation to the commercial and service sector for standing by the state during the pandemic by protecting workers, and being aware of the challenges the local economy faces as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
He stressed the importance of cooperating with the private sector prior to making decisions, especially those related to defense orders.
Qatamin said the government seeks to increase the efficiency of the health sector, in order to reduce the need to impose an extensive total lockdown in the future.
The aim is to preserve the viability of the local economy and prevent new sectors from being affected by the pandemic. He stressed that citizens’ health remains a top priority.
Qatamin said the government is currently reviewing Defense Order six and all communication issued pursuant to it. A committee was formed for this purpose and all gaps will be addressed in light of the current situation and all necessary changes will be made to ensure the continuation of operations in institutions.
He pointed out that protection programs launched by the Social Security Corporation (SSC) will be reviewed in partnership with different economic sectors.
Qatamin invited the Amman Chamber of Commerce to a meeting at the SSC in order to look into different proposals regarding insurance packages for the commercial and service sectors, in addition to addressing all issues.
He stressed that the ministry works towards ensuring that worker and employer rights are protected.
The head of the Amman Chamber of Commerce Khalil Hajj-Tawfiq stressed the need to launch incentive programs for the commercial and service sectors which are still closed and are the most affected by the coronavirus crisis, including the tourism sector and other supportive sectors such as wedding halls.
Hajj-Tawfiq reiterated the need for the government to reconsider the Friday total lockdown, due to the damage it inflicts on some commercial sectors, especially restaurants and cafes.