By Moutaz Ali.
Tripoli, 29 June 2014
Policemen who have not been turning up for work have been given an ultimatum by acting . . .[restrict]Interior Minister Saleh Mazegh that if they do not do so by the end of Ramadan they will be sacked. It is a final warning he says.
“There are thousands getting salaries from the ministry who are not working,” ministry spokesman Rami Kaal told the Libya Herald.
“The minister has given them the chance to rejoin during July. If not, the ministry will do the necessary procedures to fire them” he said.
Large numbers of police in Tripoli are reported to be drawing salaries but either doing other jobs, such as driving taxis or staying at home.
Fears for their own safety is said to be one of the reasons for such absenteeism. Low wages are another.
The same warning has not yet been given to members of the official armed forces, also struck by absenteeism. [/restrict]