4 – Systematic violations of rights
The ITUC Global Rights Index

Lebanon

The ITUC does not have an affiliate in Lebanon. The Union Coordination Committee is the main national centre.

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Unionised migrant workers arrested13-12-2016

Two Nepalese migrant domestic workers, namely Sujana Rana (known as Zogana Rana) and Roja Linmbu (known as Rosie Limbaugh), have been detained by the Lebanese authorities because of their direct involvement in a campaign demanding decent working conditions for foreign domestic workers in the middle-eastern country.

The two domestic workers, both members and militants of Lebanon’s domestic workers union, were deprived of personal freedom within five days in late November and early December.

Overall, the discriminatory and retaliatory nature of the arrest of the two women is clear. They were fighting for recognition recognition The designation by a government agency of a union as the bargaining agent for workers in a given bargaining unit, or acceptance by an employer that its employees can be collectively represented by a union. of better working conditions for the 250,000 migrant domestic workers present in the country, coming mainly from Ethiopia, the Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka and often suffering from physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their employers.

Intimidation of workers19-02-2013

In February, the Union Coordination Committee instigated a strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
with the participation of the public civil servants league, public school teachers and private school teachers union to protest against the Government’s procrastination to refer the wage bill to Parliament. The Government responded by intimidating the workers through the Internal Security Forces which sent a statement to the Union Coordination Committee announcing it would take all measures necessary to keep public order during the strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
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Hanna Gharib replaced during strike01-04-2013

Mar Elias Batina Private School in Beirut replaced Hanna Gharib, head of the Union Coordination Committee, who was leading the teacher’s strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
in March 2013. On 1 April 2013, school management decided Hanna Gharib could continue to teach at the school. Teachers had gone on a strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
demanding pay increases in the public sector. The Lebanese Forces Department of Workers and Employees condemned the school’s initial decision and stated this was an attack against the entire labour movement.

Anti-union discrimination at Spinneys06-06-2013

It was reported that retail chain Spinneys, employer of 1,500 workers, dismissed three workers (Samir Tawk, Miled Barakat and Elie Abi Hanna) for being trade union members in breach of Article 329 of the Lebanese Criminal Code. The workers had asked management to comply with the increase of the minimum wage passed in February 2012. Spinneys responded by threatening workers with dismissals and dismissed Samir Tawk from the retailer’s Achrafieh branch. CEO Michael Wright is now facing charges before the Criminal Court.

Government interference30-11-2010

The government has often interfered in trade union affairs, instigating or aggravating conflicts within the trade union movement. Senior politicians have managed to have their nominees placed on the governing body of the Lebanese General Workers Union (CGTL), causing friction within the union when it opposes government policy. Union elections in January saw disputes over alleged pro-Syrian bias.

Palestinians denied many rights31-12-2010

There are approximately 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, which accounts for 11% of the Lebanese population. Palestinians are not allowed to form trade unions, as there has to be a reciprocal arrangement with their home state. Previously Palestinian refugees had been severely restricted in the type of work they could obtain, but with the passing of a new law Palestinian refugees were guaranteed the same rights at work as other foreigners.

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