Lebanon News

Civil servants stage work stoppage

BEIRUT: Civil servants staged Tuesday a three-hour work stoppage to urge the Cabinet to approve a wage hike for civil servants.

According to the National News Agency, participants in the strike, which was called by the Syndicates' Coordination Committee, include employees of the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Culture and the Central Inspection Department.

Civil servants in the east's Baalbek and Hermel, Mount Lebanon's Aley, the north's Akkar, Bsharri, Koura and Mina-Tripoli, and the south's Nabatieh stopped work. In some towns and cities, the strikers held sit-ins facing the Serail.

Further measures have been scheduled for Wednesday. Civil servants from all over the country along with public and private school teachers will engage in a sit-in Wednesday morning in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut.

Many civil servants have yet to benefit from the wage raise mandated by the Cabinet in Jan. for both the public and private sectors

Last week, the Cabinet failed to take action on a new set of salary scales for public sector workers.

Ministers decided to task an expanded ministerial committee with studying the issue and carrying out “a detailed discussion of the segment related to the education sector, which will receive priority in the committee’s work,” according to a statement issued after the session.

Mikati was named to head the committee, which includes the deputy prime minister, Samir Moqbel, and Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi.

The Cabinet is scheduled to convene on July 3 and 4 for a discussion of the 2012 state budget.





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