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EDL contractor threatens to fire striking workers

Contract workers set up tents in the vicinity of the EDL building in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: An Electricite Du Liban service provider Thursday warned striking contract workers that they would face dismissal if they failed to show up to work next week.

"NEU Company ... asks all of its employees in the third district to come to work on Aug. 28, 2015, and carry out their duties in line with the company’s internal procedures and Lebanese labor law,” the company, a Debbas group subsidiary, said in a statement.

The company is tasked with carrying out maintenance for EDL in south Lebanon and the southern part of Mount Lebanon.

“Anyone who fails to show up without a legitimate excuse will face procedures based on Article 74 in the Lebanese Labor Law [stipulating dismissal of workers].”

The employer has the legal right to dismiss employees if they are absent for 15 days in a single year or seven consecutive days without a legitimate excuse, according to the labor law.

The company also said it would take action against those who harm its employees, EDL and its properties.

It asked collectors to hand over money and bills they had recently collected by Monday at 2 p.m. or the company would take judicial action against them.

EDL contract workers are observing a nationwide strike, demanding full-time employment for each of the nearly 2,000 of them in line with a law passed by Parliament in April. EDL has only agreed to hire 897.

In 2012, EDL outsourced technical services for a period of four years and the private service providers employed the contract workers.

The protesters remained defiant against police measures to prevent them from holding protests and a recent request by EDL’s administration to the State Prosecution office, asking for security forces to intervene to end the contract workers’ protests in the firm’s buildings.





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