EDL workers protest in Beirut, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian Monday called on striking contract workers to end the "riots" and "militia activities," warning of further electricity cuts due to the labor action and a possible clash with Electricite du Liban employees.Present at the conference, former Labor Minister Salim Jreissati said the Parliament law passed in April that prompted EDL to decide how many people it wanted to employ – less than 900 of the 2,000 strikers – was the "fairest possible," stressing that the law included many concessions for the sake of the contract workers.The conference came after 200 workers blocked all entrances to the EDL's headquarters earlier Monday.EDL called on striking workers to report to duty Monday.In response to Jreissati's speech, the workers released a statement questioning why he had been made the main speaker at the conference despite the presence of two more senior figures: the energy minister and EDL's chairman. Jreissati said Monday that he had been assigned the task of ensuring the contract workers received good job packages with the services providers.
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