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September, 25 2006 |  Share

Human Trafficking Continues at the Golden Finger Factory in Jordan

Golden Finger Co. Ltd.

Al Tajamouat Industrial City (QIZ)
PO Box: 111 Zip Code: 11939
Sahab, Amman        JORDAN

  •   Human trafficking of foreign guest workers continues at the Golden Finger factory in Jordan.
  •   Foreign guest workers passports confiscated by management and to date, not returned.

 

After meeting on May 18 with a U.S. delegation visiting Jordan from the National Labor Committee and United Steelworkers, Golden Finger workers asked management to respect their most basic legal rights.  The workers demanded an end to the routine, mandatory 14 ½ hour to 15 ½ hour daily shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.

  •   Payment below the legal minimum wage;
  •   Forced to work overtime while being paid less than one third of the legal overtime wage due them;
  •   Mandatory seven-day work week.
  •   Lack of regular access to running water in the workers dormitories.  (These substandard and unhealthy conditions continue.  Last week the workers went without water for seven days running.)
  •   Substandard, poor quality food and no access to even the most rudimentary health care and basic medicines;
  •   Some workers have yet to receive their residency permits, without which they cannot venture outside the factory or dormitory area for fear of being detained by the police;
  •   Management responds to workers' demands with firings and forcible deportations.

Suddenly on May 26, just days after the Golden Finger workers asked that their most basic legal rights be respected under Jordanian law, management fired and deported three of the workers. 

 

 

Three Workers Fired and Deported on May 26

  1. Ali Hossain passport number: W 0809189
  2. Zakir Hossain
  3. Gonesh

 

These workers entered Jordan on August 19, 2005 and were forcibly deported on May 26, 2006 following their meeting with the U.S. delegation where they first became aware of their legal rights.

On May 26, the three workers were told they had to return to their dorm for a meeting with Jordanian Ministry of Labor officials.  It was all a ruse.  The workers were met by security guards who gave them just five minutes to pack their personal belongings.  The workers were then forced into a van, taken to the airport and deported to Bangladesh.  The workers did not receive any of the monthly Social Security deductions which were due them.  Golden Finger management told the workers that they were being deported because, "we do not like you."

Due to the workers' struggle at Golden Finger the workers are now paid the legal minimum wage for the regular 48-hour work week.  During the holy month of Ramadan, the workers are not being required to work past 5:00 p.m.  However, as discussed above, many serious violations continue at the Golden Finger factory.

The three deported workers want to be returned to Jordan, with payment of back wages for their illegal firings.