By Noora Ibrahim.
Benghazi, 12 December 2013:
An almost three week-long strike by rubbish collectors in Benghazi over unpaid wages is to . . .[restrict]end after negotiations between the Ministry of Local Government and Benghazi Local Council.
Sanitation workers in the city have been protesting a five-month absence of wages for workers in the private sector and two months for public sector employees. Heaps of rubbish had been left in the street for so long that people had begun moving the waste in private cars and vans.
While the wages still remain unpaid, talks between he Ministry of Local Government and the council agreed that the owed money would be paid soon.
The backlog of rubbish should be cleared in the next two days.
The council’s head of environment, Mohammed Al-Taib, blamed the weeks of strikes on the Ministry of Local Government which, he said, had failed to take the problem seriously.
He told the Libya Herald that he did not understand why some of the ministry’s LD 800-million budget could not have been allocated earlier to resolve the problem. [/restrict]