Contract workers set up tents in the vicinity of the EDL building in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Contract workers from Electricite du Liban defied attempts by authorities to end their protest against the company Monday, vowing to continue until signs of goodwill emerged.The contract workers have been carrying out protests over the past week at all EDL offices, preventing employees from entering the buildings. They are demanding full-time employment at EDL for each of the nearly 2,000 workers in line with a law passed by Parliament in April, but EDL has only agreed to hire 897 . Contract workers argue that EDL is in need of many more than the 897 workers it decided to make full-timers, a claim disputed by EDL.The law, which was 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.
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