The road closures caused suffocating traffic in Beirut and surrounding areas.
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Caretaker Labor Minister Salim Jreissati will meet Wednesday with the private electricity service provider that sacked 62 contract workers, who then blocked the main Beirut highway in protest of the decision Tuesday, leaving thousands of drivers stranded for hours.KVA, an electricity distribution service provider, sacked 62 contract workers earlier this month after terminating their contracts. Another 400 workers are expected to meet the same fate. The agreement stipulated that hundreds of contract workers with EDL were to be distributed to three service providers after the state-run firm decided to privatize its services.The deal was reached after hundreds of EDL contract workers protested for nearly three months against the government's decision to privatize its maintenance services. In a statement, KVA defended its decision to lay off the workers, saying the number of contract employees had become overwhelming.
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