Serious Violations Continue in Jordan FTA Factories

June 1, 2007

June 1, 2007

Despite significant progress, serious violations continue in some of Jordan's garment factories which are exporting duty-free under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement. 

At the Concord factory, young women are routinely beaten and kicked, forced to work 13 to 14 hours a day, and cheated of their overtime pay.  Workers asking for their rights are threatened with deportation.  At the Fashion Curve factory, many guest workers' passports remain confiscated.  For the "crime" of helping lead a struggle to bring the factory into compliance with Jordanian law, ten workers have been imprisoned on false charges.  On May 27, factory management brought in gang members to beat and threaten the workers.  At Central Clothing, 50 percent of the guest workers' passports remain confiscated.  Four workers have been imprisoned on false charges for protesting the agonizing death of a young co-worker who was denied proper medical care.  Three guest workers have been forcibly deported from the Group Talent factory for asking for their legal residency permits, while two other workers have been imprisoned. At the Cotton Craft Garments factory, workers have not been paid for the last three months, and their appeals to the Jordanian Ministry of Labor have apparently gone unnoticed.

The Jordanian and U.S. Governments must move quickly to end the violations and restore the rule of law in these factories.

Concord factory alert
Fashion Curve factory alert 
                 June 11 Update: Crisis at Jordan's Fashion Curve
  Worker Letter Pleads for Help
Central Clothing factory alert
Group Talent factory alert
Cotton Craft Garments factory alert