Labor Minister, Kamil Abou Sleiman, on Thursday said that he had given the necessary instructions to concerned sides to facilitate the process of swiftly granting work permits to applicants.
"All we’ve been doing at the Ministry of Labor is to enforce the law, and we want to treat Palestinian workers according to the law, just the way we treat Lebanese workers,” the Minister said in a press conference he held today at the House of Parliament.
Calling for an immediate halt of street riots, the Minister also confirmed that the Lebanese Labor Law protected Palestinian workers from arbitrary expulsion.
"We continue to implement the law, and there are no decision against Palestinian nationals. We are implementing laws that facilitate their work conditions; I fail to understand what’s the point behind the ongoing protests!” Abou Sleiman exclaimed.
He pointed out that there were universities and big companies that did not allow anyone to work without a permit because they were simply applying the law.
“I have explained to the Palestinian parties the truth about what we’re doing and explained to them that employment contracts actually helped Palestinian workers,” he concluded.