Workers strike at Jordanian Electric Power Company
Power cuts threatened as union members walk out on Sunday
Members of the Workers' Independent Union at the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO) started an open-ended strike on Sunday, raising fears that power cuts will hit the country if their demands are not met.
Union President Ahmad Meri told The Jordan Times that power cuts could be imminent, and worker demands may increase, if the company does not heed calls from the 1,300 strikers for improved living conditions. The employees are seeking financial benefits including a yearly four-month bonus, improved health insurance and worker transportation services. Meri claims that the company has so far refused to negotiate.
The union has between 1,400 and 1,500 members, out of a workforce of over 2,600. Currently the strikers plan is to exclude staff working at emergency offices and JEPCO's control centre, but have threatened imminent reductions in emergency team numbers if the firm does not negotiate.
JEPCO now claims responsibility for serving around 66% of Jordanian consumers. One company worker told the Jordan Times "JEPCO is one of the strongest companies in the Kingdom and its employees should receive benefits like those of other firms".