Jordan oil refinery halts over worker's pay strike

12 March 2012

Workers of Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co will start an open-ended strike on March 14 seeking increased salaries and better conditions, according to the General Trade Union of Petroleum and Chemical Workers, Bloomberg has reported. Khaled Zyoud, head of the union has said that only the units for refining and distributing oil products for hospitals, security agencies and airlines will continue to operate during the strike. He added that the company has refused all of the workers' demands, including a monthly raise of JD100 ($141) to their base salaries as well as end-of-service compensation, transportation allowances for staff living in areas not covered by the company's fleet and the establishment of a housing fund.

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