Lebanese air traffic controllers to stop suspend tomorrow

June 9, 2014 11:50 am

Air traffic controllers at Beirut international airport have said they would suspend work between 11 am and 1 pm (0800 GMT to 1000 GMT) on Tuesday in protest at the Lebanese parliament’s failure to approve long-delayed public sector pay increases, Reuters has reported. The stoppage will coincide with the latest scheduled parliamentary session to discuss the proposed pay rises. The increases were approved by Lebanon’s government more than a year ago, but have been held up by political deadlock and fears that significant wage rises will put more strain on the state’s already widening budget deficit.