Lebanon's labor union demands quick action by gov't amid multiple protests

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-10 20:38:40|Editor: xuxin
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BEIRUT, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese General Labor Union urged Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Wednesday to form a government and listen to people's demands before it is too late, local media reported Wednesday.

"We urge Hariri to listen to people's suffering because the Lebanese are fed up," Head of the General Labor Union, Bechara Asmar, was quoted by the National News Agency (NNA) as saying.

Asmar's remarks came following several sit-ins held on Wednesday by associations and employees demanding for their rights.

Dozens of applicants to the Customs Bureau protested over their years-long waiting to be hired by the department in a demonstration in downtown Beirut.

"We have for four years been trying to get into the Customs (Bureau). We are all educated university students, we are citizens, we are not political parties or anything," a protestor told local news channel LBCI.

Meanwhile, Lebanon's contracting professors in public schools held nationwide protests in several areas in Lebanon to demand for their rights, NNA reported.

"The main demand of the contracting professors is to re-hire after being fired by the Education Ministry and to raise salaries of professors who are still working with public schools," according to the statement.

On the other hand, the association of former employees at Saudi Oger implemented a sit-in in Riad El Solh in Beirut to ask for their salaries.

Saudi Oger was one of the biggest construction company in Saudi Arabia, partly owned by Hariri.

Saudi Oger reportedly shut down operations in July 2017 following a cutback in spending by the Saudi government and failed to pay wages to workers.

This has prompted around 31,000 employees lodge cases claiming their unpaid wages.