Security forces prevent protesters from holding a sit-in inside the Electricite du Liban branch in Sidon, Monday, August 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Contract workers from Electricite du Liban Monday defied attempts to end their protest against the company, vowing to continue until signs of goodwill emerged.Speaking outside EDL headquarters in the Beirut neighborhood of Mar Mikhael, a member of the Contract Workers Committee urged officials to reconsider EDL's decision to hire just 897 out of the almost 2,000 workers. While slamming contract workers for disrupting the work of the company, Hayek said he was merely applying the law.The law, approved by Parliament earlier this year, requested that EDL identify vacancies and the company's needs in a bid to resolve the working status of contract workers accordingly.The contract workers are demanding full-time employment at EDL for each of the close to 2,000 workers, while EDL has only agreed to hire 897 .
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