Pay Equity

ILO lauds Jordan for protecting private school teacher wages through digital payments

The National Committee for Pay Equity (NCPE) and the Stand-up with Teachers Campaign have lobbied for the move since late 2017 with the support of the ILO.

Press release | 31 August 2018
AMMAN (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) lauded the Government of Jordan for safeguarding the salaries of private school teachers by requiring employers to deposit their salaries electronically.

The newly endorsed Regulation of Registration and Licensing of Private and International Schools will ensure that all 37,000 teachers - the majority of whom are women - will receive their wages through bank transfers or e-wallets only. The move will help guarantee that they receive their financial compensation in full. While salary transfers in cash come with a risk of underpayments, electronic salary transfers are safer as they leave a paper trace that provide security for both parties. The National Committee for Pay Equity (NCPE) and the Stand-up with Teachers Campaign have lobbied for the move since late 2017 with the technical and financial support of the ILO.

In 2017, the Union of Workers of Private Education and the Owners of Private Schools Association signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that brought new rights to teachers working in Jordan’s private schools. Some were lobbied for by the ILO in partnership with the National Committee for Pay Equity (NCPE) and the Stand up with Teachers Campaign coached by the Ahel social mobilization group.

During the first media conference of the newly-appointed Prime Minister and as part of his letter of confidence to the House of Parliament, he responded to the demand of the NCPE and Stand-up with Teachers Campaign and announced that the “Regulation of the Classification of Private Schools” would be endorsed shortly as part of the Government of Jordan first 100 day programme. The revised regulations will include an article that clearly stipulates that all teachers in private institutions will all receive their wages electronically (i.e. banks or e-wallets).

The ILO considers this legislation a significant step forward in protecting teachers’ pay in Jordan and an important tool to ensure justice for private school employees. The ILO will continue working with the Government of Jordan, as well as the NCPE, in order to find solutions to protect wages in other sectors through digital payments.

Note to editors

The National Commission for Pay Equity (CPE) was launched in 2011 by the Ministry of Labour, the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and the ILO with the membership of the Ministry of Education, the General Federation of the Jordanian Trade Union, the Jordan Chamber of Commerce, the Jordan Chamber of Industry and few relevant Civil Society Organizations and professional associations in order to promote the principle of equal pay for work of equal value in Jordan and to take the lead in developing and implementing an Action Plan for Pay Equity and Wage Protection.