LOWER's Strategic Plan 2016- 2020

The Lebanese Observatory for the Rights of Workers and Employees- LOWER

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Birth of the LOWER

 A number of zealous civil society activists and unionists, as well as teachers, lawyers and others, agreed to set up the observatory in 2010 as an independent civil association. Observatory members advocate the values of justice, freedom and equality and are committed to principles supported by all international conventions, declarations and agreements on human rights, particularly, the International Convention for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in addition to recommendations set by the International Labor Organization as a benchmark for practice and vision.

Message

We seek to build a non-sectarian society, governed by the principles of citizenship and a just democratic civil state, where citizens fully enjoy their economic, social and political rights equally and without discrimination

Methodology

The Observatory seeks to deliver the following: knowledge and awareness on the rights of workers and employees; capacity building and methods of confrontation; monitoring and following up of related social, civil and economic policies; monitoring and challenging violations of those rights and legislations, and defending them in coordination with local and international associations concerned. The Observatory also works on developing national laws in compliance with the principles of the International Labor Organization and social and economic justice.

Current activities by Observatory

Convey human rights knowledge among students, fresh graduates

With the support of Diakonia-Sweden, the Observatory is currently implementing its 2015 project which includes the following:

  • Assessment and examination to incorporate the labor and social security laws into programs of vocational and university institutes

  • Prepare, print and distribute a labor contracts handbook

  • Organize training and awareness meetings to discuss work contracts, targeting some 20 higher education and vocational schools

  • Advanced training for a group of college students in their senior year on the labor, social security contracts (students majoring in law, social studies, management, public relations, etc)

  • Work to incorporate and expand introductory subjects on labor contracts in the curriculums

 

Diakonia also supports and partakes in an initiative aimed at developing the institutional work of the Observatory and promotes labor and management mechanisms to cope with the Observatory’s rapid development and successive achievements  

Our partnership with Diakonia-Sweden is strategic, kicked off in 2012 and still on.

 

Convey human rights knowledge promote legal awareness, monitor violations among Palestinians

We work in partnership with the Norwegian People’s Aid and Palestinian partners to promote human rights knowledge via students and the civil Lebanese and Palestinian societies. The purpose is promoting advocacy capacity to the end of substantiating the right to work as stipulated by international conventions and modifying prevailing laws accordingly.

Project synopsis

  • In-depth reports on the socio-economic situation, workforce in 4 Palestinian camps

  • Inclusive study for Palestinian labor in the field of construction, including the camps

  • Meetings with Lebanese/Palestinian students to explain challenges and obstacles of work for Palestinians

  • Collective training on violations’ monitoring skills

  • Provide free of charge legal consultations, follow-up of cases

  • Edit and publish a handbook on labor arbitration councils

The starting date of the project, 1/6/2015 and completion by 31/5/2016

 

Daily and ongoing duties of Observatory

Monitoring and online publishing of articles and features related to socio-economic rights

  • Writing a couple of weekly articles, preparing files and articles from the headquarters and regions

  • Monitoring and documenting violations, as well as socio-economic policies

  • Compiling awareness material, visual, videos and publications

  • Providing free of charge legal consultations, follow-up of cases for individuals, groups

The observatory’s strategy 2016-2020

Proposed objectives, programs, activities

1-Increasing awareness, knowledge on human rights relevant to work, social security

  • Develop and activate an information unit to broadcast, publish workers’ issues, concerns

  • Prepare various media materials on issues addressed by the Observatory (posters, televised ads)  

  • Organize workshops, activities at universities and vocational institutes to spread awareness, knowledge among youth

  • Activate, develop a website, enhance social media and journalistic efficiency (features, interviews, articles)

2-Building capacities of parties concerned with workers’ demands, step up court proceedings, rulings involving workers

  • Develop legal skills, expertise of workers’ reps and unionist squads

  • Organize legal and human rights related training workshops for lawyers, workers reps

  • Activate labor arbitration councils

3-Monitoring policies, violations, legislations

  • Develop monitoring and reporters networks, enhance  their capacities across regions

  • Monitor, broadcast violations of the rights of workers and employees

  • Monitor, publish and document with the aid of related local newspapers, publications, websites

  • Monitor socio-economic related policies, legislations

4-Stand for and advocate

  • Follow-up lawsuits of individual Lebanese or non-Lebanese workers

  • Conduct lobbying, advocacy campaigns for amending relevant legislations

  • Provide free of charge legal consultation

5-Develop legislations regulating rights of workers

  • Revise certain labor and social security related laws

  • Develop legal, legislative studies (mechanisms of court proceedings, etc)

  • Check the backlog of cases in the labor arbitration councils

6-Developing studies on the current labor market, workers’ conditions

  • Develop studies about specific areas concerning workers  (informal work, social security, industrial laborers, etc)

  • Publish, mainstream relevant studies and promote debate around them

Programs

Since the official launch of the Observatory back in 2011, it saw a considerable development and many qualitative achievements and forged a noticeable presence among other local associations and organizations. It is now a reference for social, economic and human rights concerns particularly that it is the only specialized labor watch in the country. The Observatory is also distinguished by its good relations and partnerships made possible by the efficiency, experience and dynamism of its management, combined with its previous incomparable action in the field of  human rights and trade unions, as well as the efficacy of its working team. Hence, it was necessary to collect all the resources and talents and generate a strategy for the coming years revolving around 3 development programs..

 

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