| 29 May 2024, Wednesday |

Fake Unions undermine Labor Union

Unexpected elections will be conducted on December 9th for twelve members of the Labor Union, to assign a new the union’s president for a four-year term.

Yes, unexpected, even though we are in great need of a labor union that prioritizes workers’ agony and poverty over anything.
The elections will be a formal, folkloric event after the system’s people gained control of the union and it devolved into a union without demand under the hegemony of the Amal movement and Hezbollah.

Any idea who Minister Abdallah Al-Amin is?

In the early 1990s, he was the Minister of Labor and a proponent of allowing phony unions that mortgaged the union to politics and placed two-thirds of the members in the custody of Hezbollah, the Amal movement, and other opposition organizations in order to dominate union president elections.

Thus, the active unions were excluded and fictitious unions were held, such as the Federation of Mining Syndicates, for example, so that the union would be under control, and any rescue operation was aborted, the last of which was in 2005, as no minister was able to authorize a single union. Consequently, the labor union remained hostage under a steel grip in the hands of the movement, and the party took actions according to desires.

As a result, these elections are interpreted under the guise of sharing and quotas. The candidates for change were absent, and the winning coalition did not include any members of the Lebanese Forces, the Kataeb, the Liberals, the Socialist Party, or the Communist Party, while it did include Hezbollah, the Amal Movement, the Nationalist, the Marada, or the Future.

And, in advance, we say to the present president of the federation, Bechara Asmar: Congratulations on resuming the presidency of the federation after the previous tremendous success in serving the corruption system, and all the labor elections.

  • Sawt Beirut International