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Conflict Incident Report

Ogero workers hold wage strike in Sidon

Date of incident: 
February 22, 2018
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Employees of state-run telecoms giant Ogero held a strike in Sidon in protest of their wage stagnation, in the latest development in a months-long dispute.

The strike reportedly took place in all of Ogero’s Sidon branches and in other areas of southern Lebanon after workers’ wages remained largely unchanged despite the passage of a salary hike for public sector workers last year.

Workers also blocked the entrance to the regional Ogero headquarters in the center of Sidon, defying calls to end the strike by the company’s executive board, which had held strikes earlier this month.

After the Finance Ministry failed to approve a draft salary scale adjustment for Ogero workers that was endorsed by the Telecommunications Ministry and submitted more than a month ago, the executive board began holding strikes on Feb. 15 and 16. The strikes have continued since then, after workers’ demands remained unmet.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Policy conflicts
Conflicts associated with political decisions, government or state policies regarding matters of public concern, such as debates concerning law reforms, electoral laws, and protests of the government’s political decisions, among others.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Conflicts of socio-economic development
Conflicts associated with lack of, or gaps in economic development, opportunities and access to resources.