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Lebanon auto inspection workers hold ‘warning’ strike
Workers protest outside the vehicle inspection center in Zahrani, south of Sidon, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
Workers protest outside the vehicle inspection center in Zahrani, south of Sidon, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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ZAHRANI, Lebanon: Some 400 workers at four vehicle inspection centers across Lebanon went on strike Thursday after the Saudi company that hired them said its contract with the state ends this June.

“We would like to inform you [Lebanese government] that the current contract with you ends on June 30, 2013,” said a statement by the Saudi company FAL.

Worried about losing their jobs, the workers held a one-day “warning” strike and gave the government until May 28 to act before taking further action.

“The government has teamed up with the [Saudi] company to sack us,” the workers said in a statement.

“The most dangerous thing is that the government did not move a muscle [to solve the problem],” added the statement.

Mazen Shehadeh, speaking on behalf of the workers outside the vehicle inspection center in Zahrani, south of Sidon, said caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel had promised to help them.

“The interior minister told us that he would find a radical solution for our problem,” Shehadeh said, referring to a meeting between Charbel and a workers’ delegation earlier this week.

The inspection centers in Zahrani, Tripoli (in the north), Zahle (in the east) and Hadath (in Beirut) normally receive about 1,000 vehicles per day.

 
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