Labour inspection and administration

Labour Governance in Lebanon

Support to strengthen the labour administration system in Lebanon is based on assessments of institutional capacity within Lebanon's Ministry of Labour, the National Employment Office, workers’ and employers’ organisations and tripartite institutions around the country. Under the ILO project entitled “Support Strengthening Labour Administration System Lebanon,” the ILO launched a series of activities aimed at comprehensive institutional capacity building in labour inspection, constraints to employment creation, improvements to social protection systems, and ways to prepare Lebanon for increasing globalization.

Lebanon maintains a high rate of unemployment due to a confluence of factors which include slow economic and fiscal recovery, external shocks including international oil and food prices, as well as global economic declines and the recent Syrian refugee crisis. Accordingly, the Lebanese Government and the ILO concluded that there was a need for an enhanced public employment service strategy and the implementation of active labour market policies. Accordingly, the ILO project entitled “Support to Public Employment Services in Lebanon: Strengthening the Capacity of the National Employment Authority” worked to increase job creation through labour market mediation as well as skills training and re-training. In addition the project worked towards the adoption of employment-intensive investment approaches and local community and economic development. See more…

Moreover, Lebanon does not have a comprehensive or coherent national social protection policy. Instead, social protection in Lebanon remains fragmented with those employed in the formal economy covered by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and those in the informal economy reliant on subsidies and hand-outs. In response the ILO works to establish a national Social Protection Floor (SPF) in the country through a self-funded initiative that assists tripartite stakeholders to move towards SPF establishment and provide minimum social security benefits to those not covered by the NSSF. See more...