Teachers’ union calls for a strike on December 15


The Syndicate Coordination Committee announced in a statement published Thursday that it will hold a general strike and demonstration on December 15, 2011 to protest the “humiliating decision taken by the cabinet with regards to wage increases,” on Wednesday.

The statement said that the strike will include all high schools, private, public and vocational schools.

The Syndicate Coordination Committee called on teachers in the private and official sectors and those teaching in vocational schools to join the protest which will take place on December 15 at 12 p.m.

The statement said that the demonstration will kick off at Sodeco Square from where protesters will head toward the Grand Serail.

The Lebanese cabinet on Wednesday approved the wage increase plan that was proposed by PM Nagib Mikati

On Wednesday, According to the Information Minister Walid al-Daouq the minimum wage was raised to 600,000 LL, while wages between 500,000 LL and 1 million LL where raised by 30 percent on the condition that the increase is minimum 150,000 LL and maximum 200,000 LL.

As for wages exceeding 1 million LL, the cabinet agreed to a 20 percent raise as long as the increase does not exceed 275,000 LL.

Head of the General Workers Union Ghassan Ghosn told OTV television on Thursday evening that the wage increase approved by the government “was unfair” to the workers.

“We reject this humiliating wage increase because it doesn’t meet the hopes and expectations of the workers and their demands,” he also told An Nahar newspaper.



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