BEIRUT — Private school teachers announced Monday afternoon that they will stage a "warning strike" on Wednesday to protest deteriorating living conditions.
The announcement comes after representatives of many other sectors, including public school teachers, announced new or continued strikes for this week. The General Confederation of Workers in Lebanon — an umbrella group comprised of several hundred unions — announced a general strike to begin on Feb. 8.
In a statement, the private school teachers' syndicate announced: "A general warning strike in all private educational institutions beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1. The executive council [of private school teachers] shall meet to take suitable escalation measures, in case it did not sense the response needed."
The statement also called on authorities "to act on their responsibilities and elect a president, and confront [poor] living conditions by taking serious material steps like a clear and fast economic reform plan."
The statement said the strike will bring teachers "together on Wednesday to say that we can't continue in these difficult conditions."
Earlier today, employees of several sectors announced strikes scheduled for the coming days. Public school employees said they will continue their strike that started earlier this month and called on Prime Minister Najib Mikati "to fulfill his promise … that he made two weeks ago" to convene a cabinet session to approve the educators' demands.