Beirut, Lebanon's public sector employees started a general strike on Wednesday to protest against a possible cut in wages aimed at reducing budget deficit, local media reported.

Head of the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers Beshara Asmar said "We are raising our voices because the government finds the public sector the easiest sector to affect."

"There are many steps the government must take, including a host of reforms that do not affect the Lebanese people. The government only has power over the weakest link. But after today, they will see that [public sector] employees are not the weakest link" he added.

He emphasized that future reform measures should be discussed with "stakeholders, namely the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers Union and unions."

Source: Jordan News Agency