Hundreds Of Workers At Electricity Of Lebanon Are Left Without Wages

LBC Group

According to the day-workers union of the Electricity of Lebanon (EDL), around 900 workers have not been paid since September.

That has compelled them to protest on Tuesday in front of the state-run power utility’s headquarters and obstruct the entry into the institution.

This comes after three months of unpaid wages and a lack of modification to their contracts.

The protesters in front of EDL demanded an amendment in contracts, which includes an increase in salaries of the deal made between the energy minister, Walid Fayad, and the head of the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers, Bechara el Asmar, to be implemented.

In a statement, Fayad said: “EDL should extend workers’ contracts and amend them to include wage increases.”

On the same day, EDL day-workers, hired by staffing service provider Tricom, held a protest in Zahle, during which they mentioned similar concerns over unpaid wages, contracts, and demand salary increases.

In a statement on October 18th, the EDL day-workers criticized the “injustice and humiliation” they are facing and demanded to receive their owed wages along with fixed contracts.

The contracts would include “insurance, social security, and raising the daily wage, along with transportation allowance to be equivalent to rising costs.”

The statement had also warned that if their demands were not met, a series of “escalating actions and a central protest allocating workers across different districts” would begin.

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