2015 Beirut port at a standstill
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Stop dumping waste. Health & safety now!

  • About the campaign

    Work in the port of Beirut stopped on 13 August as workers staged a cautionary strike over serious health and safety concerns following the dumping of rubbish near the port.

    “We will not accept our port becoming the capital’s dumping ground. The health of all who enter the port is at risk, workers, visitors and customers. We want the port authorities to talk to the union; we want to avoid further escalation to open-ended strike.” said Bchara Asmar, president of the Union of Beirut port employees.

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    Rubbish collection in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, halted in July following commercial dispute between Sukleen and the government which raised people’s concerns on health and safety.

    The union reports that the Lebanese government has not provided a viable long-term waste management solutions to date and the municipalities have resorted to temporary solutions. 

    This potential environmental crisis affects the general public in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. Reports state some 20 tons of rubbish have been dumped in the streets in the searing heat.

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lebanese cabin crew union

718 Days Ago
its our duty to support and offer our solidarity with the Beirut port workers and staff union in their struggle
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Monique Verbeeck

731 Days Ago
On behalf of the Belgian Transport Workers Union, section Ports, we support the Union of Beirut Port Employees in their attempt to safeguard the H&S of their workers ! Solidarity !
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erdal hascan

731 Days Ago
i'm vice president of marine employees solidarity association at Turkey. We fully support Beirut port worker's struggle. In solidarity.
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Sadiq

732 Days Ago
Our ports; a cardinal point to all maritime sector, should depict improvement, development,strength and not rubbish. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. ITF African Seafarers say no to rubbish in Beirut port.
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michael chai

732 Days Ago
No worker should be subject to this horrible enviornment
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Joshua Soka Wilson

732 Days Ago
Ports are the gateway to every country economy and it should not be the dumping site for hazardous organic & inorganic wastes most especially, in the case of the Beirut Port less to talk about the workers coming across these dangerous wastes. PLEASE RESPECT THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY GATEWAY AND CARE FOR THE WORKERS HEALTH. We the Young Transport Workers’ under (ITF), from West Africa are in support Union of Beirut port.
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Egyptian General Seafarer's Union

732 Days Ago
Ports should NOT be the dumping grounds for dangerous organic & inorganic wastes. Dumping the wastes in ports poses as a health hazard to all workers. The wastes must be disposed in a proper way and hygience atmosphere must be created for the port workers. Authorities should Take all Measures to Protect Health of Worker against any Viruses or Dangerous may Occurs. Egyptian Seafarer's Union Supports Union of Beirut.
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Martin

732 Days Ago
don't make a dumping place on a piece of ground that should help to keep up your economy and make sure that the dockworkers can do there job properly on clean soil
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Suria Hanneman

732 Days Ago
Working area of port dockers not a garbage zone
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Kieran O'Brien

733 Days Ago
appalling treatment of muncipal workers who keep the economy alive
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