Hariri Threatens Legal Measures Against Striking Public Employees

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Hariri Threatens Legal Measures Against Striking Public Employees

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday issued a memo calling on public employees to end their strike, threatening to take legal measures against those who are hindering the functioning of the state institutions.

Employees in several public administrations, notably the Central Bank, Beirut Port and the National Social Security Fund, have been on a strike since last week in protest against the government's plan to cut their salaries as part of its 2019 austerity draft budget.

In his memo, Hariri called for the implementation of regulations that avoid public institutions from being “paralyzed or crippled,” stressing that the laws bans an employee from striking at work or inciting a strike as stipulated by Article 15 of the Personnel Law.

According to Article 14 of the same law, Hariri added, the employee should work based on the public interest only and must abide by the laws and regulations in force without any transgression, violation or negligence.

Source: Kataeb.org