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Jordan power strikers threaten escalation

Electricity employees in Jordan set new deadline for strike demands

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Electricity strikes threaten to impact Jordan's electricity supply. (GETTY IMAGES)
Electricity strikes threaten to impact Jordan's electricity supply. (GETTY IMAGES)

The ongoing strike by employees of the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO) is likely to escalate this week if demands are not met, according to JEPCO workers' union's Sameer Hijazin. Speaking to the Jordan Times, Hijazin has said that his union has given JEPCO until this week to meet demands for improved financial benefits.

Employees are striking for benefits including a four-month bonus each year, better health coverage and transportation services for workers. Last Wednesday the union had threatened an escalation of the action if demands were not met. So far there have been no reports of the action impacting on Jordan's electricity supply. Instead, striking employees are refusing bill payments from subscribers, causing a backlog in payments due to JEPCO.

JEPCO's Director General Marwan Bushnaq has previously told the Jordan Times that the strike was illegal, and suggested the company was looking to take legal action.

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