Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Migrant construction workers lack safety net

The DailyStar 

Khan points out that the lack of labor unions for foreign laborers further works against their interests.

“If the Lebanese government implemented the law, then problems would be significantly minimized. Irregular workers should be regularized to be covered by the labor law and be able to unionize to protect their interests. Without such groups, the position of construction workers will remain precarious.”

Under the overpass, the assembled group of laborers sit in stoic silence when asked what measures the government could introduce to improve their employment situation. After a moment Hamad – the eldest of the group – offers a response.

“I don’t think they really care, because we are foreigners.” He words are met with murmurs of assent.

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