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Building Bargaining Power:  How domestic workers in Lebanon Made a Courageous Step to Form a Union

Building Bargaining Power: How domestic workers in Lebanon Made a Courageous Step to Form a Union

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by IDWFED published Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM
Contributors: ILO
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.

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Introduction:

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.

 

Contents:

MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKERS UNITED!

GETTING ORGANIZED:

  • WHY THE NEED FOR A UNION?
  • Facts
  • Needs
  • Steps preceeding the Union

STAGES TOWARDS THE FOUNDING CONGRESS:

  • BUILDING SOLIDARITY, BUILDING A BASE
  • Organizing domestic workers
  • Early difficulties
  • Timeline

A MEMORABLE DAY:

  • THE FOUNDING CONGRESS AND BEYOND
  • The founding congress
  • The future
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