2 January 2015

Lebanon's domestic workers move to protect rights

In this Sunday, April 28, 2013 file photo, migrant domestic workers dance during a march demanding the same basic labor rights as that of the Lebanese workers in Beirut, Lebanon. Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are set to protect their rights under a trade union - the first such syndicate in the Arab world where more than 2.4 million foreign domestic workers labor under often harsh conditions. The Labor Ministry said Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, that they received a proposal from the National Federation of Labor Unions to form the syndicate in Lebanon. Migrant workers in Lebanon - mostly from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines - have fallen victim to unpaid wages, forced labor and even physical and sexual abuse.
Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are set to protect their rights under a trade union — the first such syndicate in the Arab world where more than 2.4 million foreign domestic workers labor under often harsh conditions.
The Labor Ministry said Monday they received a proposal from the National Federation of Labor Unions to form the syndicate in Lebanon. Migrant workers in Lebanon — mostly from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines — have fallen victim to unpaid wages, forced labor and even physical and sexual abuse.