EDL workers protest in southern city of Sidon, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (The Daily Star/ Mohammad Zaatari)
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Electricite du Liban contract workers Thursday locked the gates to the state-owned company's Beirut headquarters as well as several south Lebanon branches, calling for the government to grant them full-time employee status.EDL workers in the southern towns of Sidon, Tyre and Deir Zahrani's branches also staged sit-ins, demonstrating against the company's decision a day earlier to hire more contract workers in lieu of granting existing temporary employees full-time status.In August, EDL extended its contract with service providers by four months, a move rejected by the contract workers.EDL counts heavily on contract workers to carry out maintenance work and collect electricity bills.
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