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550 Workers Strike In Bid To Change Tide At Lebanon Casino

23 November 2000

LEBANON – Nov. 23, 2000 – As reported by the Associated Press: "Pressure mounted on Casino du Liban chairman Elie Ghorayeb on Wednesday as the facility's gaming staff launched a strike to protest against alleged malpractice by management. In a statement sent to the media, the casino's 550 gaming employees said they would continue their strike until they could put an end to what they described as an `abnormal situation' at the casino.

"…The employees accused management of taking arbitrary measures against some staff, breaching the labor laws, and failing to pay outstanding taxes on slot machines to the government.

"…Joseph Makhlouf, president of the employees' syndicate, said that more than 20 staff received written warnings from the administration for alleged misconduct. `These warnings are unjustified, because the administration has failed to issue a new internal regulation for the staff,' he said.

"He added that the staff are also demanding a share from the revenues of the slot machines as one of the conditions to call off the strike. The staff already receive a share of the revenues from table games

"…The strike comes as Intra Investment company, which controls 51 percent of the casino's shares, is debating the merits of holding a general assembly on Thursday. The assembly would discuss the future of Ghorayeb and the board of directors, who are at loggerheads over several administrative and financial issues…"

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