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Rafik Hariri Hospital staff resume wage strike Anchor

BEIRUT: The employees at Rafik Hariri University Hospital will resume their open-ended protest Thursday as they continue to struggle to receive their salaries, the National News Agency reported. 

Although the employees have protested before, they have yet to be paid. This issue has been going on for more than three months. “The Rafik Hariri University Hospital is resuming its strike,” said a statement released by the institution’s employee committee, adding that workers would not end the action until they received their delayed wages. 

In April, the government approved a plan proposed by Health Minister Wael Abu Faour that discussed the challenges faced by the hospital, including a massive shortage of medical supplies and equipment. 

Employees at the state-funded hospital also emphasized the importance of keeping the wage issue separate from politics and religion. 

“The committee’s protests are for the employee’s best interests,” the statement said. The facility is one of the largest public hospitals in the country and remains the only free medical care for many Lebanese across the country.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 19, 2014, on page 3.

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