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Conflict Incident Report

EDL contract workers protest delayed full-time employment pledges

Date of incident: 
April 11, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Internal Security Forces (ISF)
EDL workers

BEIRUT: Electricite du Liban contract workers rallied outside the company's main headquarters in Beirut's Corniche al-Nahr, setting trash cans on fire.

The contract workers blocked access to the customer service gate, warning of escalatory acts.

Security forces deployed heavily in the area.

Since 2012, contract workers have been employed by private service providers KVA, BUS and NEU – companies brought on board to carry out EDL services.

Both sides reached a deal in 2012, when the government promised to hire workers if they passed an entrance exam. After 140 contract workers passed, however, none were hired.

According to the terms of the agreement, those who passed the tests should be reclassified as permanent employees with full company benefits.

The workers have staged a number of strikes and sit-ins in recent years to protest what they view as unjust treatment.

EDL depends heavily on contract workers to carry out maintenance work and collect electricity bills.

The government has instituted a hiring freeze in a bid to reduce spending in public departments. However, experts warn that the government will eventually be forced to replace the aging staff at EDL.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Conflicts of socio-economic development
Conflicts associated with lack of, or gaps in economic development, opportunities and access to resources.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Policy conflicts
Conflicts associated with political decisions, government or state policies regarding matters of public concern, such as debates concerning law reforms, electoral laws, and protests of the government’s political decisions, among others.