Employees of Lebanon’s state-owned fixed telco Ogero have resolved to continue their strike until at least this Thursday despite concessions offered to them under decrees issued on Monday, as they are holding out for salary increases, local news outlet The961 reports. Outages of telephone services as well as fixed and mobile internet disconnections have been reported across Lebanon since the Ogero strike started on 30 August.
Caretaker Telecommunications Minister Johnny Corm signed four decrees on 5 September, aimed at improving working conditions in the telecoms sector. The first grants a monthly sum for ‘social assistance,’ the second grants a raise in employees’ transportation allowance, and the third grants ‘attendance’ payments for the next two months. The fourth decree signed by Corm requests a treasury advance from the Ministry of Finance of around LBP200 billion (USD133 million) from the 2022 budget reserves, requiring further signatures from the caretaker Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister.
Ogero employees have meanwhile promised to provide 21 main telecommunications centres with fuel for generators during the strike, to avoid a total outage. Regarding mobile services, cello Alfa reported on its website yesterday that data services had ceased to be available due to outages on Ogero’s network, but later in the day it announced that the services had been restored via cooperation between ‘Alfa and Ogero technical teams.’