On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the International Domestic Workers Convention 189 concerning decent work for domestic workers, the Syndicate of Domestic Workers, an affiliate member of the National Federation of Worker and Employee Trade Unions in Lebanon (FENASOL), celebrated on Saturday at the headquarters of the National Federation, in the presence of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne, President of FENASOL Castro Abdallah, representatives from the embassies of Bangladesh, the Philippines, Nepal, Madagascar and Ethiopia and domestic workers in Lebanon.
Abdallah said: “Lebanon has signed the International Convention on Domestic Workers in Geneva on June 16, 2011, however the Parliament didn’t did not ratify the law so far, despite our repeated demands.”
He added: “We have protested several times either through submitting written requests or through sit-ins, demonstrations and all forms of democratic expression in order to apply justice to domestic workers, provide them their least human rights, abolish the unfair sponsorship system against them, and give them the rights stipulated in the Lebanese Labor Law.”
The Sri Lankan ambassador to Lebanon Karunaratne said: “We put all our capabilities in order to approve Convention No. 189 in the Lebanese Parliament, and legally immunize workers and liberate them from the sponsorship system in Lebanon.”