Contract workers with Electricite Du Liban burn tires on Charles Helou Highway in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, August 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Angry electricity workers blocked employees from entering the state-owned Electricite du Liban for a third day in a row Wednesday, as dozens of policemen, a fire truck and an ambulance stood by, prepared for another day of burning tires and road blocks.In 2012, then-Water and Energy Minister Gebran Bassil subcontracted three private firms to do the technical work of EDL – Debbas group, KVA and BUTEC Utility.The contract workers admitted their working conditions improved once these firms took over. EDL's decision to hire some contract workers full time followed the passing of a law four months ago obliging the company to determine the number of employees it needed and hire them.According to Shoeib, approximately a million consumers used EDL's services in 2010, and the company had around 5,000 employees.Shoeib accused EDL of working in the interest of the private companies that employ contract workers, saying if EDL hires all the contract technicians, these companies will have no one left.
Officials warm to garbage plan, residents still cold
Lebanon Communists respond to to top businessman's attack: ‘We’re glad to disturb you’
Anti-govt protesters regroup in Downtown Beirut after day of violence
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE