12 October 2011
The schools faced chaos on Wednesday on whether to open their doors to students or to commit to the call by head of the teachers union, Nehme Mahfoud, to go on with their strike aimed at rejecting the deal that was made between the General Labor Confederation (GLC), the cabinet and the Economic Committees.
Mahfoud slammed the GLC, describing the negotiations as “humiliating.”
He stressed that the schools will go on with their strike on Wednesday refuting the deal that was formulated on Tuesday.
Secretary-General of Catholic schools Father Marwan Tabet told Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) the decision whether to commit to the strike or not goes back to each school.
“It depends on the attendance of the teacher’s, but the school administrations will remain open,” Tabet said.
The national trade unions federation for schools also decided to go on with its strike.
The national trade unions federation for schools held a meeting on Tuesday and decided to call on all the teachers in “elementary, middle and high school in the private and public sector…” to commit to the GLC strike that was supposed to take place on Wednesday.
However, after the GLC suspended its planned strike when the cabinet agreed on increasing the minimum wage to LL700,000, the federation announced that it opposed the deal and decided to stick to its decision.