File - Migrant workers and Lebanese rally for workers' right during a march from Dora to Monnot in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, April 29, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Migrant domestic workers may become part of new trade union, the first of its kind in the Arab world, that plans to help break down the controversial "kafala" system.Abdullah said that laws concerning migrant workers' rights in unions needed to be modified, adding that this would be one of the new union's objectives.The kafala system dictates that migrant workers in Lebanon must be sponsored by an employer.Members of the migrant community fear that the kafala system would prevent the union from having any impact.Belo, who has lived in Lebanon under the kafala system for 20 years, was skeptical that the union could put an end to the practice.Gedraseli voiced hope that laborers could one day set up their own union that would include all migrant workers in Lebanon so that all 250,000 people could stand together against the kafala system.
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