Minister Carries on Unfair Dismissals at Beirut Port's Silos

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Minister Carries on Unfair Dismissals at Beirut Port's Silos

Months after the manager of the Beirut port's grain silos, Moussa Khoury, was unfairly dismissed from his post along with five other employees just because they are affiliated to the Kataeb party, another worker paid the price for his political affiliation.

52-year-old Dany Lteif, a committed employee who abided by all the regulations and rules at the silos, was discharged of his post for invalid reasons.

Moussa Khoury told the Kataeb website that this wave of dismissals makes everyone feel as if they're living in a jungle, saying that Lteif was demoted from a supervisor to a maintenance worker with a 15% salary reduction three months ago.

"They fabricated an accusation blaming him for having captured the footage showing rats and pigeons rolling on the same belt conveyor that carries wheat and in the garage where wheat is poured into the open beds of delivery trucks," he added.

Khoury said that many of the silos employees who had liked a Facebook post in which he condemned the unfair dismissals were threatened to be sacked, noting that he has decided to stop publishing posts so as to prevent his former colleagues from being harassed.

Khoury pointed out that the economy minister used studies he had set out during his job at the silos, while assigning a consultancy firm, called "Khatib and Alami", to carry out a technical study with a $70,000-worth contract.

He also revealed that he had submitted to the Financial Prosecutor documents exposing the scandalous practices of the minister, saying that the situation has spiralled out of control at the silos amid blatant squandering and discrimination.