Thirteen SL workers tied up in Jordan released

Thirteen women workers who had been tied up in a room for not supporting a strike by some Lankan workers in Jordan had been released, Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau GM  Harischandra Batagoda said.

Mr Batagoda who is now in Jordan said that it has also been believed that another 22 Sri Lankans were kept in a similar manner elsewhere and the assistance of the Jordanian police was being sought to rescue them as well.Among the 3000 workers on strike there are 1500 Sri Lankans serving in garment factories such as Ivory, Prestige, Classic, and Sterling located in a Free Trade Zone in Jordan. They are engaged in this strike for the past two weeks demanding an increase in their salary from 110 Dinars to 150. Dinars.

The employers had stated that in accordance with the employment agreement no increase could be considered and had requested the strikers to return to duty and to settle the dispute through negotiations.

The workers had ignored the request, sources said.
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