Lebanon Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas signed on Friday the government’s bill on wage increases , but refused to sign the bill on the transportation allowance because he considers it “illegal.” Nahhas is reportedly preparing a draft law concerning the transportation and education allowances which he intends to present to the parliament for endorsement,
The Lebanese cabinet on Wednesday decided to raise the minimum wage in accordance with the agreement reached at the Baabda Palace between the General Labor Confederation and the Economic Committees under PM Najib Mikati’s sponsorship and rejected the wage plan that was proposed by Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas
Al Liwa newspaper quoted well informed sources as saying that the “Shura Council has informed Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas that his proposal on wage increases was rejected on the basis that he cannot combine transportation allowance with the minimum wage.”
Lebanon Information Minister Walid Daouq told LBC TV on Saturday that he predicts that the State Shura Council “will reject” the wage hikes recently adopted by the cabinet . Daouq expressed concern that the process for resolving the controversial wage issue “will go back to square one ” .
The recent decision taken by the cabinet to increase wages “does not include the public sector,” Lebanon’s Minister of Labor Charbel Nahhas told New TV television on Saturday Nahhas who represents the Free and Patriotic Movement (FPM) in the cabinet expressed his hope that the council would accept the new plan to increase the minimum […]
Lebanon’s Economy and Trade Minister Nicolas Nahhas said on Friday that the economic institutions will not be able to implement the wage hikes recently decided by the cabinet and hinted that this could result in bankruptcy filings by many sectors of the economy, As Safir newspaper reported.
By Ghassan Karam
Minimum wages have always been very controversial and chances are that they will always be so. The idea is so contentious since it deals with one of the most sensitive ideas of a market economy,