Monday, April 30, 2012

Rights group protests treatment of migrant domestic workers

In the statement printed on the flyer, the group said that a worker can change employers only if she obtains official and written consent from her current employer.

Employers may “lock the worker inside the house, prevent her from speaking with family, friends or neighbors and keep her passport and sometimes her salary to prevent her from leaving because they fear she will ‘run away.’”

The organization is asking the government to replace the sponsorship program with an alternative system, extend Lebanese labor law to domestic workers, and allow them to terminate contracts and change employers in a manner similar to other workers in the country.

They are also demanding an increase in the monitoring of recruitment agencies and the extension of social protection and methods of legal recourse to the workers.

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