EDL Contract Employees Storm Company’s HQ in Beirut, Block Roads across Lebanon

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Electricite du Liban's contract employees stormed on Wednesday the company’s headquarters in Beirut by breaking the building’s main gate after the Internal Security Forces prevented them from entering the premises.

The angry protesters escalated their strike demanding the cabinet to approve their full-time employment.

Earlier, they engaged in a dispute with the ISF for allowing only full-time employees to enter the company’s premises.

Some protesters warned against setting themselves on fire as some media reports said that several others fainted.

The protesters blocked the roads with burning tires, causing bumper-to-bumper traffic, but the roads were later reopened.

Meanwhile, other contract employees blocked with burning tires several roads in the southern city of Tyre, the town of Riyaq in the eastern Bekaa valley, Bint Jbeil and the main road in Baakline near the company’s building.

The employees also held a sit-in near the company’s building in the southern city of Sidon.

Others closed the electricity offices in Bikfaya, Baabdat and Nabatiyeh and ordered employees out of the buildings.

The Contract workers also closed the EDL building in Mashghara and blocked the Mashghara-Jezzine road with burning tires.

The contract employees, who have been protesting for the past four weeks, are demanding their full-time employment.

However, Energy Minister Jebran Bassil had proposed to hire several employees permanently at EDL, but they are refusing his suggestion arguing that some of them have been contract workers for over 20 years.

Comments 7
Default-user-icon Tromballish (Guest) 30 May 2012, 10:04

They should instead go Baabda Palace and kick the useless figurehead out.

Thumb jcamerican 30 May 2012, 11:24

Is this anything like renters contracts? You can never get them out, unless you give them part of the building.

Default-user-icon Reason (Guest) 30 May 2012, 14:52

Hmmm, so whatever you do with these contractors, they will be damaging public property.

A lesson needs to be given out to these, and all others who use violence on the streets to get their voice out. Behave!!

Missing samiam 30 May 2012, 15:06

They should just put cameras out front and anyone who breaks in and/or breaks and other laws should never be hired by EDL either as an employee or any other capacity.

People have a right to strike, but achieving their ends by breaking all the other laws, shouldn't result in their getting rewarded.

Default-user-icon Upsa Dempy (Guest) 30 May 2012, 20:32

When they say they want the institutions, this is exactly what they mean.

Default-user-icon LebExile (Guest) 31 May 2012, 00:28

so they earn the higher contract wages for upto 20 years, and now when it's time to retire, they demand to be made permanat so they can draw a pension...
they should all be sacked, and prosecuted for any loss EDL incurs as a result of their selfish actions

Default-user-icon امير (Guest) 16 June 2012, 16:56

ماذا تعني كلمة ( مياومو ) الكهرباء هل هم موظفي العقود وليسوا على الملاك الدائم لوزارة الكهرباء ....؟؟؟؟؟