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Sidon municipal workers strike over wages

Sidon municipality workers block the entrance to their municipal building on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: Sidon’s municipal employees carried out a one-day warning strike Thursday in demand of the application of the salary scale law, as government employees have been doing for months.

The workers are demanding a raise by three grades, which is granted to all members of public administrations by article 17 of the law, known as Law 46.

The strike reportedly paralyzed the Sidon municipalities’ various departments and was attended by Sidon Mayor Mohammed al-Saudi.

Head of the municipality’s syndicate of workers and employees Ali Tawil said the strike was a warning and that the municipality was already implementing all provisions of the law.

He called on Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk to work toward the full implementation of the salary scale law in order to prevent the escalation of protest measures.

 

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