BEIRUT — The League of Public Administration Employees in Lebanon on Friday called its members to a two-week strike, the state-run National News Agency reported.
The strike, scheduled to begin Monday, will demand better living and working conditions, as well as increased transport fees,
In a statement, the League said it regretted that authorities have recently used civil servants as an "excuse" to raise taxes in order to increase the salaries of state employees. State employees, the statement said, have "not obtained even their minimum rights" yet.
The situation is not due to "a lack of funds, because there are many sources of financing," the League's statement added. "The problem is that these funds are being plundered and wasted, and the government is making no effort to recover them."
The statement also condemned the fact that its members' only choice, in the face of the crisis, is "death or emigration."
The authorities' lack of interest in the civil service is their desire to "get rid of the administration," the League said, adding that it is prepared to combat the situation "by all available means."
Lebanese public administrations regularly go on strike to demand measures that would allow civil servants to cope with Lebanon's deepening socio-economic crisis.