FILE - A contract worker blocks the gate of the EDL bulding in Beirut, Monday, July 30, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Electricite du Liban contract workers in south and east Lebanon joined a strike Monday which had been staged by their colleagues in Beirut to pressure the company into meeting their longstanding demands.Contract workers at the company's eight branches in the Bekaa Valley declared an open-ended strike until their demands were met.The EDL statement warned that the ongoing situation "negatively impacted the company's finances and its payments to clients and others, including the salaries of contract workers".The contract workers have been working for private service providers since 2012, but their contracts with KVA, BUS and NEU, which were brought on board to manage and restructure the company, are set to expire by the end of August. The company argues that the number of the contract workers is higher than the vacant posts.
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