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Labor Ministry aiming to regulate
recruitment of domestic workers

Foreign domestic workers hold a rally in Beirut. (AFP)

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s Labor Ministry on Tuesday addressed a memorandum to companies recruiting foreign domestic workers directing the organizations to improve their practices to prevent the exploitation of employees.

 

Lebanon’s state National News Agency reported that the memo comes amid efforts to “reorganize these offices and restricting them to their genuine owners in order to prevent the exploitation of foreign workers by [third parties].”

 

The memorandum also aims to bring recruitment offices in line “with international standards and agreements.”

 

In the last two months, the Labor Ministry had shut down eight domestic workers recruitment offices in various Lebanese regions, the NNA’s report added.

 

The ministry also referred two offices to General Security after issuing arrest warrants against them for firing employees and Lebanese workers illegally and replacing them with foreign workers, most of whom are Syrian refugees.

Foreign domestic workers hold a rally in Beirut. (AFP)