Amid an increasingly desperate situation for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, many of whom have been tossed out by their employers and are trying to return to their countries, the country’s outgoing labor minister took a step to strengthen foreign workers’ rights.
A rights respecting standard unified contract for migrant domestic workers is an important first step, but it does not #AbolishKafala in #Lebanon. The contract must meet intl standards & be accompanied by stringent enforcement mechanism (1/3) https://t.co/lSS1Cqjf6D https://t.co/bNbYEo2Whl— Aya Majzoub (@Aya_Majzoub) September 5, 2020
Migrant workers relax in their living quarters at the Ramco dormitories in Metn, close to Beirut, Lebanon, on May 19, 2020. (Finbar Anderson)
Legislation needed, but not possible right now
New contract will be effective immediately
A migrant domestic worker, holds a banner demanding basic labor rights as Lebanese workers, during a march at Beirut's seaside, Lebanon, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP)