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Burmese Workers in Jordan Pay for Right to Return

2 April 2013

Ninety-one Burmese workers have returned home from Jordan after paying compensation to the boss of their garment factory for a “breach of job contracts,” Eleven Media reported on Sunday. The workers were made to pay US $300—almost twice their monthly salary—to the Chinese company that runs the factory in northern Jordan. More than 1,300 workers went on strike over conditions and low pay from Feb. 14 to March 25. The Burmese government has no embassy in Jordan, so works through its offices in Israel. The Labor Ministry said in March it would send a mediation team to Jordan.