The EDL headquarters is closed with a chain during a protest by contract workers in Beirut, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Electricite Du Liban contract workers Thursday asked the state-run company to hold direct talks to resolve the weeklong standoff, hours after EDL Chairman Kamal Hayek warned of a nationwide electricity crisis.Hayek along with dozens of EDL employees headed to the EDL headquarters in Mar Mikhael in line with the company's recent decision to resume work but contract workers once again prevented anyone from entering the premises. A security source told The Daily Star that police have orders to refrain from the use of force to open EDL's doors, sealed by protesters for several weeks in their demand for full-time status at the state-run electricity company.The company called on its employees to report to duty Thursday and begin network repairs needed to address severe electricity rationing in the country, which the company blamed on the striking contract workers.
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