The Ministry of Labor is set to release an amended version of the Standard Unified Contract (SUC) which, in theory, intends to regulate the working relationship between migrant domestic workers and their sponsors (employers). However, the contract is only one piece of the Kafala system and, due to lack of any enforcement mechanism, it is arguably the least important piece.

To this day and in the context of a complete economic crisis and an ongoing global health crisis, the involvement of the Ministry of Labor in this issue remain purely performative, barely touching the surface of the entire system of slavery that is Kafala. Since 2019 under former minister Camille Abou Sleiman, the ministry has merely suggested basic reforms and has not addressed the root of the issue at hand: the full power granted to the sponsor over the domestic worker, which is guaranteed and reinforced by the Kafala. 

In its new form, the contract acknowledges the most basic of human and labor rights. Significant amendments include specifying the worker’s minimum wage (not yet determined), giving her the right to quit her job unconditionally after providing a month’s notice, and acknowledging the worker’s freedom of movement and communication.

English | July 6, 2020



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