Taxi and public transportation drivers on Wednesday blocked several vital roads across Lebanon amid a crunching economic and financial crisis that has affected all sectors.
The land transport unions had announced a three-day strike to pressure the government, convening today, to take a decision on improving the conditions of the land transport drivers.
“We hope the Cabinet, during its session, will take a decision on the agreement that had been reached between the union and the government,” Head of the Unions and Syndicates of Land Transport Sector Bassam Tlais said.
The drivers blocked main roads in the capital, including Hamra and Martyrs’ Square.
Roads in the southern suburbs have also been blocked including the airport road, as well as roads in Tripoli, Western Bekaa, Aley, Sidon, Dora and many others, while the road from Nahr el Kalb to Jounieh has been partially reopened.
Tlais said he hopes a solution will be reached today.
“Otherwise, we will be forced to take escalatory steps,” he warned, adding that these steps won’t be “at the expense of the citizens.”
The strike is scheduled to continue until Friday with sit-ins from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.