BEIRUT: Contract workers with the Information Ministry went on strike Thursday afternoon, suspending activity at the state-run news agency's website, radio station and at the public sector Center of Studies and Publication.
The workers in Lebanon’s National News Agency and the other public sector media outlets stopped working to pressure lawmakers to pass a law that would turn contract workers with the ministry into full time employees.
They issued a statement saying they would maintain the strike until next Tuesday, the date of a session by the joint parliamentary committees. The employees said the strike had been triggered by the fact that the draft law related to their case was not on the committee’s agenda, which they said was surprising.
The statement said that if the lawmakers did not endorse the bill next week, the strike would continue with no end date set.
The employees issued a statement saying they got a promise from lawmakers that their case would be resolved in Parliament a month ago but that nothing had come of it.
The NNA is a major source for Lebanese news.