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EDL full-timers to go on strike next week

EDL workers protest in Beirut, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Full-time Electricite du Liban (EDL) workers will hold a three-day strike next week to protest the blocking of the company premises by contract workers, the group said in a statement Friday.

“The union of workers and employees at Electricite du Liban ... decided to strike Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,” a statement said.

The employees called for the opening of EDL’s headquarters and assurances that personnel can freely enter and exit their workplaces.

“What has been happening in the institution during the last 21 days has never happened in any other institution in Lebanon,” the statement said. The strike will exclude the power plant workers and those at “the main transfer station,” according to the statement.

EDL contract workers have been striking over the past three weeks, holding protests and blocking the entrance to EDL headquarters across Lebanon. They are demanding that all 2,000 contract workers be made full-timers. EDL decided to make only 879 full-timers, arguing that this was all the company needed.

The ongoing strike has led to an increase in power rationing, with many areas experiencing almost total blackouts.

Contract workers said Friday they were ready to make necessary repairs while carrying on with the strike.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 30, 2014, on page 2.

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Full-time Electricite du Liban (EDL) workers will hold a three-day strike next week to protest the blocking of the company premises by contract workers, the group said in a statement Friday.

EDL contract workers have been striking over the past three weeks, holding protests and blocking the entrance to EDL headquarters across Lebanon. They are demanding that all 2,000 contract workers be made full-timers. EDL decided to make only 879 full-timers, arguing that this was all the company needed.


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