EDL staff threaten to pull the plug

File - Civilians douse two garbage containers with water after part-time Electricite Du Liban workers had set them on fire near EDL’s Beirut headquarters, Monday, July 1, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Part-time Electricite du Liban staff blocked the road and doors to the company’s Beirut headquarters Monday to demand full-time employment.

The protesters also burned tires to shut down access to the state-run power company in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood, preventing full-time employees from entering.

The protesters, who have staged similar demonstrations over the past few months, want Parliament to amend and approve a draft law that would grant them full-time work.

The workers called off their sit-in at midday but warned that they would escalate their movement if Parliament failed to amend the bill which requires them to pass exams before they are considered eligible for full-time work.

The staff also threatened to cut power across Lebanon if Parliament ignored their demand and “approved the bill as is.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 01, 2014, on page 5.




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