Worried Lebanese

thought crumbs on lebanese and middle eastern politics

Labor Unions fail to mobilise

Posted by worriedlebanese on 09/01/2007


There’s nothing surprising in the Labor union’s failure to mobilise. This can be seen almost everywhere in the world. Labor unions are not what they used to be. And this is particularly true in Lebanon where the Labor Unions were  very much weakened during the 1990s because they were seen as a possible political threat to the Prime Minister and the Syrian control of Lebanon through its zaïm clients in Lebanon.

Their weakening was one of the few Lahoud/Hariri joint ventures… and it was a great success.

So what does that feeble mobilisation say about the economical concerns of the Lebanese? Very little I presume.

But one thing is sure, there is no real economical debate in Lebanon. The Paris III sheet proposes an important economical change (most of which I’m favourable of). The central element being privatisation and a new scheme in taxation. The basic principle in this reform is a neo-liberal one. 

Interestingly enough, a member-party of the international socialists is supporting this programme, and even the communist party hasn’t been very vocal about it.


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