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No flights for two hours in Beirut airport Thursday

File - A Middle East Airlines jet is seen parked in the tarmac of Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Thursday, July 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Air traffic controllers at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport announced Monday that they would go on a two-hour strike Thursday morning.

Inbound and outbound flights will stop from 10 a.m. to noon. The strike is part of a series of protests by the controllers in support of the Union Coordination Committee’s demand for a public sector salary raise.

“It is unacceptable to subject the salary raise to further study,” said a statement released by the Air Traffic Controllers Committee, describing such acts as “a trick that no one would fall for.”

Parliament had failed in numerous sessions to pass the wage hike. The Future Movement, Free Patriotic Movement and other parties argue that if not reduced, the proposed raise could have severe consequences on the economy.

Parliament will meet again on the day of the strike in a bid to endorse the draft law.





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