Lebanon sounds warning against unfair dismissals

Published December 4th, 2016 - 01:24 GMT
The Labor Ministry had previously announced a steeper penalty for companies and institutions that fire Lebanese employees in favor of foreigners working under false titles. (Shutterstock)
The Labor Ministry had previously announced a steeper penalty for companies and institutions that fire Lebanese employees in favor of foreigners working under false titles. (Shutterstock)

Lebanon's Labor Ministry reiterated Friday its warning against Lebanese enterprises wrongfully sacking their employees.

The new warning by the ministry came after receiving new applications by Lebanese companies willing to negotiate over the layoffs of some of their staff.

“The Labor Ministry is convinced that there exist no real reasons behind the new layoffs of Lebanese employees but it will look into the companies’ requests and take the necessary measures,” according to a statement issued by the ministry. “The ministry also warns companies against replacing Lebanese employees with foreign workers and namely Syrians,” it added.

The Labor Ministry had previously announced a steeper penalty for companies and institutions that fire Lebanese employees in favor of foreigners working under false titles. Violating companies will be fined up to LL2.5 million ($1,660), up from the previous LL250,000 penalty and they must pay the fine within 15 days or face additional charges.

The statement, issued Friday, said that Lebanese companies have continued firing employees under the pretext of deteriorating economic and financial situation. “The ministry received a number of new applications requesting to negotiate over the new layoffs,” it said.

Companies that expressed their will to fire some of their staff include Al-Gezairi Transport (10 employees), Al-Balad Group (6 employees), Layalina Group (1 employee), Al-Waseet Group (7 employees) and Integra Publishing (9 employees).

The Danish Refugee Council has also decided to end the employment of 60 workers including 45 Lebanese, 14 Palestinians and one Syrian.

The statement added that Saad&Trad had already decided to lay off four of its employees starting last October due to the economic slowdown and the ministry failed to reach any conciliation with company to protect the rights of these people. “The ministry failed to reach a consensus with Saad&Trad although the company is still operating knowing that it is the agent of the most expensive cars,” it said.


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