Tires are seen set inside the EDL building as contract workers continue their sit-in protest in Beirut, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A day of dramatic protests over the ongoing Electricite du Liban contract workers dispute ended back at square one Monday, with strikers forcing one of the private companies involved to cancel several coercive measures but with no proper resolution in sight.Frustrated with EDL's lack of action in the face of a debilitating 40-day protest, two former contract workers for the state electricity company threatened to commit suicide during a protest Monday morning outside National Electrical Utility's facility, with one of them cutting himself in front of reporters until he was covered in blood.Monday's protest saw the strike move a few meters from the firm's east Beirut headquarters to those of the NEU company, one of three service provider companies employing the demonstrating contract workers.A further condition, according to a memo sent by EDL to NEU last month, stipulated the three workers would be sacked if they stepped on the state company's property.
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