Lebanese Civil Defense volunteers protest for full employment

Published December 14th, 2015 - 01:30 GMT
Lebanese Civil Defense at an emergency response training with UNILIF. (Twitter)
Lebanese Civil Defense at an emergency response training with UNILIF. (Twitter)

Civil Defense volunteers warned on Monday that they will escalate measures if a decision to fully-employ them was not approved during the parliament's session this week.

“If a decision on our full-employment was not approved on Wednesday, we are going to take some surprising measures,” the volunteers said in a press conference they held in Martyrs Square.

The volunteers have been holding a sit-in the Downtown Beirut since Saturday.

“The sit-in will continue until our cause is approved,” they stressed declaring an open strike until their demands are met.

We have long waited for a solution to our cause. We will not block roads or set tires on fire, but we are going to take our rights,” they stated.

In 2014, a meeting at the Interior Ministry led to consensus over the full-employment of Civil Defense volunteers after several protests were held in different areas across the country.

The volunteers demanded that parliament pass a law on the affairs of the Directorate General of Civil Defense, which would turn them into full-time employees after long years of service during which many of their colleagues were killed while performing rescue operations.

The parliament will meet on Wednesday with the aim of electing a president.

By D.A. and M.T.


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