Collective Action

Ogero worker threatens self-immolation in Sidon

An Ogero employee Thursday held a bottle of gasoline over his head and threatened to set himself on fire if employees’ demands continued to go unanswered, at a protest against wage stagnation in the southern city of Sidon.

The man in question was calmed and ultimately prevented from setting himself on fire by fellow employees of the state-run telecommunications company.

Ogero employees have for months been holding protests across Lebanon, demanding that their wages be raised in accordance with a public sector salary scale law passed by Parliament last July.

Workers on Thursday blocked the entrance to the institution’s Sidon headquarters and briefly took the protest to a nearby road, blocking the passage of cars before security forces intervened and re-opened the road.

The salary scale law passed in 2017 mandated an increase in wages for all public sector workers, but the law has not yet been fully implemented.

March 1, 2018
Actors/ Mobilising structures: 
Workers group (inc.union, syndicate, etc.)
Mode of Action: 
Reform (advocating for limited change in political, socio-economic etc.)
Cause/ Grievances/ Framing CA: 
Access to socio-eco rights
Policy Grievances
Spatial characteristics: 
Location on the Lebanese territory
State response: 


Village Name: 
Local Name: 
Saeida Ville
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