The Executive Board of the Association of Full-time Professors at the Lebanese University (LU) held an emergency meeting headed by Dr. Amer Halawani and attended by members.
After deliberating on the developments, it issued the following statement:
“The government still treats public sector issues lightly and ignores the rights of its workers. It insists on the policy of buying time and procrastinating in basic and vital files.”
It also stated that the Committee believes that dealing in this way with the state-run national university and its people confirms the shortsightedness of the ruling class.
“We have announced more than once that the Lebanese University is unable to continue and that its professors and employees are in difficult economic conditions with no ability to withstand,” it noted.
Lebanese University (LU)’s professors are requesting the government to provide real support, not crumbs and for only two months, or a promise only on the papers.
It was also mentioned that the half-salary aid that university professors have not received since the beginning of 2022 is the best evidence of the lack of government support.
The authority emphasizes the state’s responsibility to find sustainable solutions.
Due to the authority’s insistence on not respecting the principles of equality, justice, and proportionality, the commission affirms its continuation of the open strike and calls on fellow professors to abide by and respect the decision of the general assembly for the benefit of the university, professors, employees, and students.
While appreciating the efforts of the university president, the commission calls on him to intensify communication with donors and international institutions to provide the necessary capabilities to save the next academic year.