Jordan to hire 3,000 more female garment workers soon
More than 3,000 Bangladeshi female workers are likely to get jobs in the garments sector in Jordan soon. The Classic Fashion Apparel Industry, a largest garment manufacturer of Jordan, is hiring the workers from Bangladesh and some other countries.
With the new inclusion, the number of Bangladeshi female garments workers in Jordan would exceed 60,000. Of those, around 11,000 female workers went there with garment jobs in 2018, according to Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Ltd (BOESL), the lone 'State-owned' manpower exporting company.
According to BOESL officials, the state-owned agency has set a target of sending 11,500 female workers to Jordan this year after successfully sending around 11,000 female workers last year. Initially, the workers will be sent for three years and the tenure will be extended further later.
At present, around 150,000 Bangladeshis both male and female have been working in Jordan.
When asked, BOESL General Manager Salim Mollah on Thursday told this correspondent that Jordan prefers female workers for its growing garments sector. To meet up its demand, it receives female workers from 13 countries from across the world.
The female workers will be sent under the government to government (G2G) mechanism through the BOESL. To send them, it will not take a single penny. The service charges of BOESL - Tk 17,750 for each female worker - will be paid by the foreign employers, he added.
He also added that not only Classic Fashion, a total of 40 apparel industries of Jordan have been receiving Bangladeshi workers through BOESL on a regular basis. They placed their demands at the Bangladesh Embassy in Amman. Receiving the demands from the embassy, BOESL gives recruitment circulars on newspapers or websites.
Scrutinising the applications, it prepares list of jobseekers. Representatives of the employers select workers after necessary tests. The BOESL just plays the role of a middleman between the workers and their employers. At the same time, it ensures workers safety and facilities, he claimed.
He said each of the female workers will have to work eight hours as regular duty. They will also have to work for additional hours, which would be counted as 'over-time'. Including all facilities, each of the workers will get around Tk 20,000 to TK 22,000 every month.
According to the BOESL officials, Jordan signed a bilateral agreement with Bangladesh in October of 2016 to hire Bangladeshi workers under G2G mechanism. With the progress, job markets for Bangladeshi workers widened further including increase of more job facilities.
Earlier, the-Expatriate Welfare Minister Nurul Islam accompanied by other high-ups of his Ministry visited Jordan from August 6 to 9 in 2016 and Lebanon on August 11 to 13 the same year.
According to the agreement, Dhaka and Amman agreed to arrange proper training and medical checkup for Bangladeshi workers before their overseas recruitment.
Under the provisions of the deal, Jordan ensures necessary steps for ensuring security, safety, transport, accommodation, food and regular wages for Bangladeshi workers. As a result, the female workers don't need to spend for their lodging in the country.