Libyan bank staff start two-day strike af­ter col­league shot dead at work

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Em­ploy­ees at one of Libya’s big­gest banks be­gan a two-day strike yes­ter­day, de­mand­ing greater pro­tec­tion af­ter a col­league was shot dead at work, staff and state me­dia said.

Libya’s govern­ment has been un­able to con­trol mili­tias who helped oust Muam­mar Gaddafi in 2011 and refuse to dis­arm, and along­side the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, the num­ber of bank rob­beries have in­creased in the past few months.

State-owned Jumhuriya, which em­ploys more than 5,000 staff in 146 branches, ac­cord­ing to its web­site, is the main bank through which the govern­ment pays hun­dreds of thou­sands of civil ser­vants.

State news agency LANA said Jumhuriya staff across the coun­try had gone on strike to con­demn the killing of a bank em­ployee in Sabha in the south, ac­cus­ing the govern­ment of fail­ing to pro­tect the branches.

“One of our col­leagues was killed yes­ter­day while he was do­ing his job,” Fatthi Al-Fandi, a bank em­ployee in the cap­i­tal Tripoli told Reuters. “One of us could be the next.”

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