PM warns trade unions against US boycott
Ragheb warns trade unions form politicizing its works
29 June 2002
The Jordanian Prime Minister Ali Abul Ragheb has warned the Jordanian
vocational trade unions from giving priority to the political activism
and called on them to concentrate on trade union activity.
Jordanian official sources said that this warning came after the
Jordanian security on Tuesday prevented vocational trade unions
from organizing a festival to encourage boycotting of American goods
in protest of the American bias to Israel.
During his meeting on Thursday with heads and members of the vocational
trade unions councils members Abul Ragheb warned of "giving
trade unions priority to political work so as this will not negatively
reflect on its vocational performance."
Abul Ragheb stressed "trade unions laws do not permit politicizing
vocational work and the government refuses trade unions to side
with any part or political side," according to the same sources.
In statements following the meeting, Hashem Gharebah, the chairman
of the vocational trade union said that the government insisted
during that meeting on its position in "rejecting to permit
trade unions to organize a festival for boycotting the American
goods." Gharebah stressed that on the basis of the right of
the citizen to self expression, the trade unions cling to their
position in "rejecting any form of normalization with Israel
and boycott of the American goods." The 13 Jordanian trade
unions include 100,000 subscribed members.