SCC's Gharib Risks Losing Job for Participating in Protests, Skipping Teaching Days

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Syndicate Coordination Committee's head Hanna Gharib was fired as a teacher at Mar Elias Btina College for having missed several classes since the beginning of the protests, LBCI television reported on Saturday.

"Gharib might lose hos job for missing teaching hours during his participation in the SCC protests,” LBCI said.

Head of the private school teachers' association Nehme Mahfoud told LBCI: “Gharib did not receive any official notice that states he has been released of his duties”.

Meanwhile, he did not get his paycheck and this means he was fired, Mahfoud added.

He vowed to follow-up on this issue through contacting concerned authorities, among them former Interior Minister Ziad Baroud who pledged to investigate this issue.

Meanwhile, the college's Principal Michel Bitar refused to discuss this issue in the media but he said: “Since the beginning of the protests, Gharib has disappeared for over a month and was never present at the school”.

"A substitute teacher was assigned because students need to carry on with their studies.” he noted.

After months of nation-wide strikes staged by the SCC, the cabinet referred earlier in March the new wage scale to the parliament for vote.

The cabinet had approved the wage scale last year but has been stalling in finding sources to fund it, leading to growing differences with the SCC, which has been accusing it of negligence.

Comments 9
Thumb benzona 31 March 2013, 00:08

What a dilemma.... Everyone is taken hostage. The kids and the teachers.

Missing peace 31 March 2013, 00:19

lebanese way to get rid of someone asking for legitimate rights!

no right to strike otherwise you are fired... true freedom in lebanon!

Thumb primesuspect 31 March 2013, 00:22


Thumb neons 31 March 2013, 04:09

big fat opportunist... and is supposed to be role model for school kids!

Missing moonsear 31 March 2013, 11:24

We should be ashamed to live in such a country. Workers spent hundreds of years to get basic social right and in Lebanon we still live in the 15 th century. When workers used to be inherited with the land

Missing samiam 31 March 2013, 12:47

Honestly, he is being paid to teach--if the syndicate were offering him a salary and position, it would be a different story. You have the right to join a syndicate/union, but your primary focus should be on your job.

Missing peace 31 March 2013, 21:04

not at all... any worker has the right to strike to demand his rights! it is a right thus no firing...

Missing moonsear 31 March 2013, 21:56

Samiam, your really did not understand the concept of syndical action

Thumb whyaskwhy 31 March 2013, 12:53

He should have joined the Circus he would then have policital coverage...and money too!