Since years, migrant domestic workers (MDWs) have been struggling to achieve their basic rights. In 2015, a union for domestic workers was founded with a mission to protect and defend their rights, but the Lebanese Law was interpreted in such a way as to deprive them of the right to organize, knowing that there is no clear legal text that prevents them from doing so. Although the number of MDWs in Lebanon is estimated between 150 and 220 thousand workers out of an estimated labor force of 1.45 million people, domestic workers are still excluded from the labor law as stated in Article 7. As a result, these workers do not benefit from their rights to minimum wage, maximum working hours, paid leave… and today they are intentionally deprived of the right to association and organization.
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