BEIRUT — Land transport unions head Bassam Tlais on Saturday vowed that his labor collective, which in the past has called for nationwide strikes only to cancel them at the last minute, would move ahead with a “day of rage” next Thursday.
Here’s what we know:
• During a trip to the northeastern town of Hermel, Tlais said that since the Lebanese cabinet has not adhered to its previous promises to the land transport unions, the labor grouping would move ahead with a strike.
• “Next Thursday, Jan. 13, will be a day of rage on all Lebanese territories,” he said.
• Public transportation drivers and other members of the unions have held limited strikes on Thursdays this past December.
• In October, Tlais group said they would hold a general strike to protest surging fuel prices after subsidies were cut on the key commodity, but the group then went on to call of their action on Oct. 26 after meeting with Premier Najib Mikati and other officials, in which they agreed to give the government time to reach solutions.