BEIRUT — Daily workers at the Sainik waste sorting plant in Saida held a sit-in Friday in front of the facility to protest not receiving their wages for almost 10 days, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Here’s what we know:
• The workers said they “rely on a modest daily income which is barely sufficient to meet their needs” and that the plant’s management has been “unresponsive” to their demands.
• Sainik’s workers previously held a strike in July 2021 to demand wage increases to match the lira’s depreciating value at the time. A protest with similar demands in 2020 led to citizens dumping garbage in front of the municipality building after waste collection was interrupted.
• The NNA noted a “waste crisis” in Saida, which developed in the past few days, marked by garbage piling in containers and on roadsides where it is left for days before it is picked up following residents’ complaints.