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April 15, 1988
Lebanon's labor unions rejected the government's offer of a 75% pay raise and called for a two-day strike over wages and prices. The General Labor Federation, with 250,000 members, said the stoppage will start today unless the government approves its demand for a 310% pay increase, which it said is needed to match the country's inflation rate over the last six months. Under the government offer, the pay boosts would be retroactive to Jan. 1.
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NEWS
October 18, 1988
Pro-Syrian Lebanese observed a one-day strike to protest Iraq's support for a Lebanese Christian Cabinet, one of two administrations vying for power in the war-torn country. Iraq, Syria's arch-rival, has supported an interim military administration led by Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun, whom President Amin Gemayel appointed premier last month. Syria, a power broker in Lebanon, backs the Muslim-led Cabinet of Salim Hoss.
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NEWS
June 28, 1987 | From Reuters
Lebanese banks will close Monday to draw attention to the fate of three Central Bank employees missing since 1985, the Bankers' Assn. said Saturday. The three Christian Central Bank employees were believed to have been kidnaped while crossing from Christian East Beirut to Muslim West Beirut nearly two years ago.
NEWS
November 6, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Lebanon was virtually shut down Thursday by the first general strike in 35 years, a nationwide walkout against war and the nation's most severe economic crisis since it gained independence from France 44 years ago. Beirut's airport and seaport came to a standstill, and schools, businesses, shops, banks, restaurants and government offices closed in the capital. Only bakeries, pharmacies and hospitals were exempted from the shutdown, called by the General Confederation of Labor Unions.
NEWS
November 6, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Lebanon was virtually shut down Thursday by the first general strike in 35 years, a nationwide walkout against war and the nation's most severe economic crisis since it gained independence from France 44 years ago. Beirut's airport and seaport came to a standstill, and schools, businesses, shops, banks, restaurants and government offices closed in the capital. Only bakeries, pharmacies and hospitals were exempted from the shutdown, called by the General Confederation of Labor Unions.
WORLD
May 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Demonstrators set fire to Lebanon's Labor Ministry after soldiers shot and killed five people and wounded 12 during protests in Beirut against the government's economic policies, security and hospital officials said. A firefighter also died after being hit by gunfire. The army said 20 soldiers were wounded in the clashes. The violence followed a strike called by the General Confederation of Labor and Trade Unions in protest of the policies and to demand a reduction in gasoline prices.
NEWS
January 26, 1987 | From Reuters
The continued presence of foreigners in Muslim West Beirut is causing the embassies of their countries growing anxiety and frustration. "We would like them all to get out," said a British diplomat of his estimated 45 fellow countrymen who apparently refuse to budge from the city's kidnap-plagued Muslim sector. "Ten of our people there come from a single family of Lebanese origin. Another Englishman is 92 years old and draws a small civil service pension.
NEWS
August 13, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Israel's top leaders clashed Wednesday over a call for a state inquiry into the role of controversial former Defense Minister Ariel Sharon in Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, head of the Likud Bloc, opposed Foreign Minister Shimon Peres' call for the investigation, opening wider a fissure in Israel's already unstable coalition government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1985
Israel has announced plans to complete the second stage of its phased withdrawal from Lebanon within three months, and has reaffirmed its aim of a full pullout by next fall. But why wait until then to write finish to the ordeal of occupation and its accompanying agony of repression? Certainly there is no reason to think that Israel can obtain better security along its northern border by dragging out its stay.
WORLD
September 7, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood and Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writers
Israel said Wednesday that it would end its air and sea blockade of Lebanon today to make way for an international force to be deployed as part of a cease-fire that ended the 34-day war with Hezbollah. The decision came after U.S.
NEWS
June 28, 1987 | From Reuters
Lebanese banks will close Monday to draw attention to the fate of three Central Bank employees missing since 1985, the Bankers' Assn. said Saturday. The three Christian Central Bank employees were believed to have been kidnaped while crossing from Christian East Beirut to Muslim West Beirut nearly two years ago.
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