By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 11 March 2014:
Members of the municipal guards in Fezzan organised a protest this morning in front . . .[restrict]of their regional headquarters in Sebha threatening to go on strike if they were not given better pay and conditions.
They are calling for a law to be issued regulating their work and giving them the same status, pay, bonuses and entitlements as the police. They also want to be treated as state employees not municipal ones and be provided with health and social insurance, guaranteeing rights in cases of injury or disability while carrying out their duties.
The municipal guards are used to monitor shop prices, inspect expiry dates and food quality, shop licences, the medical certificates of staff in food outlets, and similar functions. They have the power to arrest people in limited cases. [/restrict]