Monday, October 11, 2010

Garment workers riot over labor dispute -- Jordan

Jordanian police fired tear gas at Sri Lankan garment workers, after the workers threw stones damaging a police vehicle and injuring police officers following a dispute at the garment factory.

The Sri Lankan workers had demanded that their employer removes a Sri Lankan supervisor at the factory and provides them with accommodation. The factory had agreed to the demands after several meetings with the workers. When the employer tried to convey the acceptance of the demands, stones were thrown at the police officers escorting the garment officials, and the Jordanian police had then fired tear gas, Kingsley Ranawaka, Chairman of the Foreign Employment Bureau told the Daily Mirror online The Sri Lankan embassy officials are also in discussion with the workers and are trying to resolve the matter, Ranawaka added.

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