Lebanese University Teachers Announce Open-Ended Strike until Signed as Full-Timers

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Lebanese University teachers announced on Wednesday that they will not go back to the university and will not hold any exams until they are contracted as full-time employees.

"We will not go back to giving classes until we become full-time teachers, and we will not prepare exam questions, correct exams, supervise or hold them until we become full-time teachers,” a spokesperson of the teachers stated during a protest at the Riad Solh Square in the afternoon.

“This is an open-ended strike because the Lebanese University is in danger,” he stressed.

He explained: “Since 2008 we have been protesting and continuously struggling in classrooms... We are here to prevent harming the national university, because we are its shield, its blood and its youth. We will not allow overthrowing this cause because it's the Lebanese youth's right. ”

The protesters called on Prime Minister Tammam Salam to accept signing them as full-time employees, praising meanwhile Education Minister Elias Bou Saab's efforts to push their cause forward.

"We are with you in the battle of saving the national university and we will only go back when we are contracted as full-time employees. And then, we will tell our students the story of our struggle and how we held onto the nation.”

They vowed that they will not return to the university until their “names are listed in the Official Gazette as full-time teachers.”



Comments 4
Default-user-icon milking the cow (Guest) 28 May 2014, 18:52

berri's full timers up against aoun's full timers wanabis

Thumb -phoenix1 28 May 2014, 20:49

These people will lose all forms of sympathy by all the Lebanese if they stick to their old habit of threatening the end of the year school and univ exams. Though we all know of their situation, but making the children of an entire nation victims is also a blatant disregard too, by them.

Missing peace 29 May 2014, 12:06

what other choice do they have to make themselves heard? NONE ... politicians do not give a damn to the problems of the lebanese until it is too late...

Thumb -phoenix1 29 May 2014, 13:51

Peace of course I am with you on this one, but then, what I am saying is that the collateral damage is way too high, and the timing is as bad. Then I am fully aware that most of these people, scratch their skins hard and you'll see how each one of them is profoundly affiliated to one party or leader or the other. My worry is our children in schools and univs.