Casino Du Liban employees protest mass layoffs in Jounieh, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The decision to lay off 191 employees from Lebanon's main gambling center will be temporarily frozen to allow for negotiations, Labor Ministry Sejaan Azzi said Friday.According to Azzi, if a compromise is reached then the ministry will abide by the decision.The labor minister added that the decision to lay off the employees stemmed from a financial crisis in the casino which urged it to reduce its staff.In the morning, about half a dozen small tents were set up inside the casino by the workers to protest the lay-offs.Shehwan's remarks came in the wake of failure to reach a compromise with Lebanon's labor minister over mass layoffs in Lebanon's only casino, located in the Kesrouan province north of Beirut.Shehwan urged Kesrouan residents to back the striking employees.
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