Lebanese Public Administration Employees Are Pausing Their Strike

Al Jazeera

Almost 3 and a half weeks after public administration employees in Lebanon announced that they are going on an open-ended strike, they now decided to reverse that decision.

This came after a series of meetings between them and the Minister of Labor, who was acting on behalf of Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

On July 7th, upon the conclusion of the meetings, the employees’ representative in the Ministry of Finance announced that they have agreed on 5 conditions with the Lebanese government.

The conditions state that public administration employees will receive financial aid worth 100% of their salaries starting July of this year, LBP 95,000 for every working day as transportation compensation, and their benefits from the COOP will be multiplied by 6 and 5 times for medical and educational bills respectively.

Moreover, they asked the Minister of Education to exempt them from paying private school tuition fees in “fresh” dollars. They were also promised lower telecommunication prices, and a ration card for all public sector employees.

Public administration employees will now resume working every Tuesday and Thursday starting next week with the hopes of keeping their meetings with the Lebanese government ongoing.

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