AMMAN — The Labour Observatory said demonstrations by workers hit a new record during the first quarter of this year, amounting to 302 protests, a 28.5 per cent increase over those recorded during the same period in 2011.

According to a report issued by the observatory on Saturday, 63 per cent of these protests were carried out by public sector employees, 30 per cent by private sector employees and 7 per cent by unemployed people.

Around 180,000 Jordanian workers participated in these protests, the report said.

They called for pay raises, changes to labour-related regulations, especially the Social Security Law, and new job opportunities.