Lebanese Labor Minister Receives Requests from 70 Companies to Dismiss 1,500 Employees
Lebanese caretaker Labor Minister Kamil Bou Sleiman revealed on Tuesday that during the past 10 days, he has received requests from over 70 companies for the dismissal of more than 1,500 employees as the country endures its worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.
“We have been negotiating with them to reach positive results,” the minister said.
The eruption of anti-government protests on October 17 have only compounded Lebanon’s economic woes.
Hundreds of employees across the country have submitted complaints against employers due to their arbitrary sacking from their jobs or due to their salaries being halved.
Bou Sleiman revealed that he had contacted caretaker Justice Minister Albert Serhan to activate labor courts of arbitration in wake of the dire economic situation in the country that has negatively impacted the labor market and the majority of companies.
He suggested that the courts hold daily hearings to address cases, he added. Verdicts must be issued after no more than three months.
Also on Tuesday, Bou Sleiman visited the General Labor Confederation's headquarters where he called on companies “against rushing to lay off employees at the first setback.”
He also demanded that the state pay a portion of its social security dues before the end of the year.
The minister also uncovered that his ministry is trying to work on a draft law to regulate the exceptional situation Lebanon is going through and protect employees.