Comments of the
On January 3, 2012. We do not trust the Advisory Council of the Lebanese
State, nor the government, nor the feudal system, nor the Lebanese
democracy, on the issue of pay reform.
What is this farce on the issue of pay reform and minimum wage, being
wrangled between feudal politicians that favor the rich against the poor
At LSTDO, we consider the poverty line in Lebanon, as to be the minimum
wage, is worth a thousand U.S. dollars per month. The fallacious
arguments interpreting the texts of regulations that have been presented
by the judges to reject the decree draft have absolutely no credibility.
The problem has nothing to do with the stupid old and not updated rules.
We have seen the media disinformation maneuvers in recent weeks that
presented what is white as black, and what is good as bad, defending the
rich and the feudal lords’ interests against poverty people in Lebanon!
All Lebanese Medias are accomplices of the rich people. They presented
economic experts who tell us that inflation would melt the wage increase.
They worry especially for the woes of big businesses and rich people!
The issue of salaries is the most important in the struggle for social
justice and raising the living standards of poor Lebanese.
Our dear State borrows from the rich the money stored in banks, with
high interest rates, creating excessive debt of the State, which will be
supported by the workers and the poor low-income taxpayers. And thanks
to corruption, there is money spreading to politicians and public
leaders of different religions and confessions in Lebanon! The
government does not care at all the problems of poverty, unemployment,
exploitation at work, the migration of young Lebanese overseas and the
importing of foreign workers to make the rich pay low wages. Where is it
social solidarity between the Lebanese?
In Lebanon we have two socioeconomic classes that do not meet. On the
one hand, there is the Community of the poor who is not defended by the
State. On the other hand, there are the rich feudal lords who dominate
and control the State, in order to protect their money, property, and to
avoid taxes. The poor Lebanese emigrated because of unemployment, while
his rich neighbor prefers to hire immigrants from third world to pay
very low and unjust wages!
This dirty Lebanese feudalism eats poor morale in Lebanon continuously
for centuries. Poverty breeds ignorance, weakness and push to take
refuge in "the will of God", waiting to die. Religion "hypnotizes" the
poor. The religious leader helps the poor to calm down, assuming things
go according to the will of God, without any liability of the rich in
the misery of the poor. There are no effective trade unions,
socio-economic policies or programs of social justice or rebellion
against tyrants and injustice.
In the feudal political system in Lebanon, those who defend the problems
of the poor are a minority in all political groups known. While the
clergy just promises to pray for the poor.
Thus, the bad Lebanese system continues and is beloved by the rich, the
feudal families and the clergy. Amen!
In this issue of wages, we support the project to increase wages. But it
is not enough. Social justice requires a large, comprehensive and
consistent reform program, in the different economic sectors.