Protesters Urge EDL to End ‘Massacre’ of Contract Workers

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Electricite du Liban contract workers marched on Tuesday from the company’s headquarters in Beirut to the Energy Ministry where they held a protest to demand the full-time employment of all workers.

The protesters urged politicians to fulfill their promises and described a memo handed by the EDL management to the energy ministry as a “massacre” against the workers.

They briefly blocked the Emile Lahoud highway where the ministry is located and later a five-member committee held talks with Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian.

Parliament adopted a law in April under which all workers would undergo an exam to fill vacant posts. Those who pass would be upgraded.

But EDL said it limited the number of workers who would become full-timers to around 891.

The state-run firm decided to send 1,600 of them home, head of EDL contract workers committee Lebnan Makhoul said on Monday.

Tuesday’s protest came a day after the workers closed the doors of the company’s branches across Lebanon.

Protesters burned tires outside the company’s headquarters in Beirut’s Mar Mikhael area to press for their demands.

They vowed to keep holding protests until the company withdraws its decision.

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