Building Bargaining Power: How domestic workers in Lebanon Made a Courageous Step to Form a Union
A booklet by the ILO Arab States and the Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers (GAP-MDW) documenting the founding of the first domestic workers’ union in the region. Available in English and Arabic.
In January 2015, 200 women and men fromEthiopia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and beyond founded a Union for domestic workers in Lebanon. The Founding Congress was both a moving and historical occasion: this was the birth of the first Union for domestic workers in the Arab region, paving the way for similar initiatives in other countries in the Middle East.
MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKERS UNITED!
- WHY THE NEED FOR A UNION?
- Steps preceeding the Union
STAGES TOWARDS THE FOUNDING CONGRESS:
- BUILDING SOLIDARITY, BUILDING A BASE
- Organizing domestic workers
- Early difficulties
A MEMORABLE DAY:
- THE FOUNDING CONGRESS AND BEYOND
- The founding congress
- The future