Lebanon's EDL workers to strike
Workers strike for better wages, overtime and increased benefits
Electricity workers in Lebanon will stage a nationwide strike today as the nation’s Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, attempts to draft new laws for the country’s struggling power industry.
A statement released by Electricite du Liban’s main labour union, Lebanon’s state-owned electricity company, said: “Tuesday will be the day the worker rids himself of political affiliation in order to secure their daily bread. Tomorrow the workers will have their say: no to compromise, no political affiliations, no to sectarianism. Our demands are about labour, labour, labour.”
Workers at EDL’s offices will not show up for work, apart from those in departments ‘important to public safety’.
The union’s demands include corrections to salary scales, overtime pay, school allowances and increased benefits like transportation allowances, which it says are non-negotiable.