Sukleen workers empty dumpsters in Beirut, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Monday lambasted the deal Sukleen and Sukomi struck with employees that ended a three-day strike where trash piled in the streets of Beirut and Mount Lebanon.The Labor minister roundly criticized the deal in a statement following a meeting between company officials, the administration and Council of Development and Reconstruction representatives.The waste dumping responsibility has been taken over by Khoury Co. for the Burj Hammoud-Jdeideh landfill and Jihad Arab Co. for Costa Brava," Azzi said.He went on to detail which companies will take on contracts in different areas of the country. Talks are ongoing to decide which company will take on those roles in Beirut".He noted that 1,777 of the 3,000 Lebanese employees at Sukleen and Sukomi work in administrative positions while another estimated 244 Lebanese work as waste collectors.
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