EDL Contract Workers in Iqlim Kharoub Scuffle with ISF

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Contract workers of Electricite du Liban scuffled with members of the Internal Security Forces after they tried to force the employees to reopen the doors of the facility in the village of Mazboud in Mount Lebanon's Iqlim al-Kharroub region.

A person was injured in the brawl, the state-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

EPS Service provider company delegated Marwan al-Ghosaini, who was accompanied by ISF members, to reopen the doors of the facility.

However, the contract workers, who have been holding a sit-in outside the facility's building for the past few days, banned them from entering, which led to a verbal spat between Ghosaini and the workers.

ISF members were then compelled to withdraw Ghosaini, which caused frustration among protesters and a scuffle erupted with the police.

Anwar Salim was injured and admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The contract workers have erected over the weekend a tent at the gates of the company to protest EPS company's decision to sack eight of its employees.

EPS is subcontracted by NEU service provider, which is one of other three service providers under Debbas Group and manages Mount Lebanon's electricity.

EPS has been accused of firing around 36 contract employees in the southern city of Tyre in January.

Four months ago the contract workers ended an open-ended strike at EDL's headquarters in Beirut's Mar Mikhail area after an agreement with the administration to sit for qualification exams until they reach their full-time employment.

However, they accused EDL of violating a deal that was adopted by parliament in April 2014 by imposing hard entrance exams to sack employees who failed.



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