Thursday, 19 April 2012

Union support for FDW in Lebanon

Union drafting rules to protect migrant workers

The Daily Star

BEIRUT: The Union of Owners of Workers Recruitment Agencies in Lebanon (SORAL) has begun drafting a code of conduct for its members that is expected to comply with International Labor Organization standards on domestic work and private employment agencies.

SORAL, the ILO for Arab States, and the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights completed a two-day workshop Thursday, during which members of all the groups discussed best practices, relevant international norms and brainstormed ideas for the code of conduct.

The rules will apply to agencies in the union who recruit female migrant domestic workers.

Before this week’s sessions, ILO and U.N. representatives also met with nongovernmental organizations that work with domestic workers, as well as representatives of migrant communities.

SORAL’s members will now develop its code with the help of the ILO.

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