The headquarters of Electricite Du Liban in Beirut, Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Protesting contract workers have been blocking employees from entering the buildings, and at times burning tires and blocking roads around the EDL headquarters in Mar Mikhael.They are demanding full-time employment for each of the nearly 2,000 contract workers in line with a law passed by Parliament in April, but EDL has only agreed to hire 897 . The contract workers have been employed by private service providers since 2012, when firms were subcontracted to perform EDL's technical services for a period of four years. Workers fear what will happen to them when these contracts expire in 2016, citing EDL's history of unfair treatment, and are demanding to be hired immediately by the state electricity company as full-time employees. The EDL executive responded by saying that the workers "are doing their vandalism during their work schedules at the service providers, which means the latter have to take responsibility for the consequences".While the workers are afraid that there destiny will again be unknown after the end of the service providers' contracts, the executive said they should not be worried about that.
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