Lebanon witnessed a nationwide strike on Monday as several unions had called for an all-out protest action to demand that public employees be paid in accordance with the salary scale which was approved by the Parliament.
Employees at public administrations and municipalities committed to the strike, as classes were also suspended at public and some of the private schools.
Employees at the Electricite du Liban, the water administration, Ogero and the National Social Security Fund also took part in the strike after the Labor Union had called on workers all over the country to join the protest action.
Head of the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers Bechara Asmar reiterated that public employees should obtain the wage hike that have always awaited, warning of an open-ended strike if their demand is not met.
“No taxes should be imposed to fund the salary scale,” he said. “This time, we won't accept any VAT hike. Taxes should be paid by the owners of large companies and banks.”
Another strike is set to be staged on Tuesday as Asmar announced that the labor unions will keep on deliberating to decide the next steps to make.