8.2.8. Body have a process for employees to appeal on employee rights and/or pay

Lebanese University promotes decent work and economic growth for the sake of enhancing all staff, the faculty, and students' performance. In this sense, the Lebanese University has a process for employees to appeal on employee rights and/or pay.

The Lebanese University employees (faculty staff and administrative staff) have syndicates who speaks on their behalf.

  1. The Social Workers' Syndicate in Lebanon

The Syndicate’s objectives:

  • Strengthen the Syndicate’s status and role in Lebanon, the Arab region and the world.

  • Organize the Syndicate’s administrative structure.

  • Strengthen the social work profession in Lebanese society and protect the rights of professionals.

The Syndicate held a press conference on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Jdeideh Al-Bouchrieh Al-Sad Municipality at 12 noon. A large number of social workers attended as well as representatives of private and public universities, associations and unions. In her speech, President Nadia Badran addressed the syndicate’s position on the current situation in the country and a session of discussion and questions followed.

Social Workers' Syndicate in Lebanon

  1. Association of Full-time Professors

The Lebanese University is headed by a President and a University Council. The Faculty or Institute is headed by a Dean and a Faculty Council. The University Branch is headed by a Director and a Branch Council. The Teaching Staff carries out its syndicate activities through the Association of Full-time Professors.

  1. Open-ended strike to pressure the government

At the beginning of May, full-time Lebanese University professors called for an open-ended strike to pressure the government to stop the series of budget cuts it has been implementing within the public sector, including but not limited to the Lebanese University. Due to overwhelming pressures from affected groups of public workers, no official salary reductions are present in the budget draft finalized on May 28.

Regardless, public servants proceeded to protest austerity measures that would affect their standard of living. In the case of the Lebanese University, such budget suggestions range from reductions in the overall university budget and workers’ retirement pension funds to the freezing of public employment and increases in taxation on the income of retirees.

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