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Beirut public hospital staff end 2-week salary strike

Employees at Rafik Hariri University Hospital protest in Beirut.(The Daily Star/File/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Staff at a Beirut public hospital announced Wednesday they will end their two-week-long strike over unpaid wages to allow the hospital’s new administration to act.

In a statement carried by the state-run National News Agency, Rafik Hariri University Hospital workers announced that they would end their protest starting Thursday.

The decision came after the staff’s union representatives met with the hospital’s newly appointed chairman Firas Abyad, who was handed his new post Wednesday at noon.

The decision to end the strike was made “to allow the new administration to fulfill its duties," the statement said.

The employees also agree to hold a general assembly meeting in 10 days to examine the situation’s progress.

They have been on strike since April 23, when the administration failed to pay salaries. However, one week later, most of the wages were paid, but the staff chose to go on with their strike demanding a “permanent solution.”

The hospital’s former chairman Faysal Shatila resigned from his post in February, which Health Minister Wael Abu Faour welcomed as a positive move to “rescue” the hospital, which has been struggling with financial deficit.





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