Education Minister Elias Abu Saab, second, right, joins teachers and public sector employees who protested in downtown Beirut against Parliament's delay in approving their pay hike on April 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Parliament endorsed a draft law to make around 1,800 contract workers at Electricite du Liban full-timers Wednesday, meeting a long-standing demand that has brought workers to the streets in sporadic protests over the past two years.Speaker Nabih Berri ended the discussion, saying that the law would apply to all EDL contract workers in Lebanon, including those from Qadisha.Contract workers expressed satisfaction with Parliament's endorsement of the draft law, but Lubnan Makhoul, a representative for the contract workers, said he was still waiting to receive a copy of the law.Among the 12 draft laws approved by Parliament during the session was one to increase maternal leave from 49 days to 70 days and another draft law appointing Justice Ministry employees as public notaries after introducing an appointment for which exams are required.Parliament postponed looking into the draft law until next week, after Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk asked for time to look into it.
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