Youth burn tires as they protest electricity cuts in Beirut, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Beirut residents crippled one of the city's busiest roads at rush hour Monday evening, burning tires and bringing traffic to complete halt. The residents were protesting recent electricity cuts following strikes by power company employees. However, President of the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers Bechara Asmar told The Daily Star that EDL employees would officially resume their work Tuesday after a marathon three-hour meeting with government officials Monday.From 2008, the employees were given bonuses or pay rises in lieu of the new salary scale that was passed last year.Responding to fears that the employees would fail to agree on the new percentage, yet to be specifically determined, Asmar said this would not happen.
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