Palestinians protest in Ain al-Hilweh, July 17, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Labor Minister Camille Abousleiman said he would announce measures simplifying work permit applications for Palestinians Thursday evening, as Palestinian refugee camps witnessed unrest and protests for the third consecutive day. Palestinians across the country continued to protest Wednesday against crackdowns on non-Lebanese workers by the Labor Ministry that they say unfairly target Palestinians, who are legally considered foreign workers.This is a major dissuasive factor for many Palestinians, who receive less from the National Social Security Fund than they contribute to it.Palestinians are only entitled to benefit from the End-of-Service Indemnity Fund, one of the NSSF's three funds that also include the Sickness and Maternity Allowance Fund and Family Allowance Fund, former Labor Minister Charbel Nahas explained."The circular said Palestinians should only need a form of identification and the promise of work -- not even a work contract," he said.He added that previous labor ministers tended to turn a blind eye to the issue of Palestinians' work permits.Thousands of Palestinians refused to go to work across south Lebanon.Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour said his party continued to support the Palestinian people and called on the Labor Ministry to review its policies toward Palestinian workers.
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