Lebanese mobile operator workers go on strike

18 Jun 2020

Lebanese cellular sector employees are on strike from Wednesday 17 June 2020, in a union action called by the Mobile Operators Syndicate over unpaid salaries amid the country’s deep financial crisis. Online newspaper The961.com writes that around 2,000 employees of cellcos Alfa and Touch are participating in the strike which could potentially cause major disruption to mobile services. Head of the Mobile Operators Syndicate, Charbel El-Nawwar, stated: ’[the strike] is cautionary until anything positive is felt and translated on the ground by paying the salaries, but things are going towards the positive and we will try not to affect the citizen(s).’ The industrial action follows the expiry of a 48-hour deadline set by the Syndicate for companies to pay overdue wages.

Further local reports have claimed that telecoms minister Talal Hawat has held emergency meetings with state-owned Touch and Alfa’s respective private sector management partners – Kuwait’s Zain Group and Egypt’s Orascom Investment Holding (OIH) – to arrange for salary payments to be made by the end of this week.