An air traffic controller works at his station at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Thursday, July 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir/File)
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Workers at Beirut Airport's Meteorology Department are set to strike Monday to demand promotions and fair treatment.The source said all but two of the protesters had been working for over 20 years at the department as fourth-rank government employees.The workers were set to strike after several government employees at the Traffic Control Department, whom they believed had similar qualifications, were promoted to third rank.Mohammad Chehabeddine, the director-general of civil aviation, told The Daily Star he had sent the names of the Meteorology Department employees for promotion along with those of the Traffic Control Department. He added that the Civil Service Council, which is in charge of government hires, was still processing the Meteorology Department promotions."Monday we will address the Civil Service Council again," Chehabeddine said, calling for patience and an end to the strike.However, he said the decree submitted for the Meteorology Department workers would promote them to a higher class within the same rank, and not to third rank.
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