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Conflict Incident Report

EDL workers block headquarters entrance in ongoing protest

Date of incident: 
December 5, 2017
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EDL workers

Electricite du Liban workers resumed their protest in front of the company’s headquarters to demand payment of outstanding salaries.

The workers closed off EDL’s entrance and held a sit-in in the reception area. Contract workers were also protesting in Zahle’s Chtoura and Baalbeck, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Scores of workers had protested on Monday, burning trash near EDL’s headquarters in Corniche al-Nahr.

The workers are demanding payment of salaries and long-term contracts that would cement their status on the company’s staff.

Around 900 contract workers have previously been given long-term contracts with EDL, while some 1,300 others are still working on a day-to-day basis, a security source had told The Daily Star.

Long-term contracts include a guarantee of work for an extended period and payment of transport fees, which come to around LL8,000 ($5.30) a day, the source added.

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.