Electricity workers hold sit-ins across Lebanon

BEIRUT: A series of sit-ins were held in the capital as well as in north and south Lebanon Tuesday by Electricite du Liban employees over worker’s demands.

“We call for wide participation in this peaceful movement until those in power wake up and work to find a final solution to our demands though introducing labor laws as a tangible way to resolving the crisis,” a statement read by a representative of the workers said outside of the main Electricite du Liban building in Beirut.

The statement said the demands – which included job security, tuition grants, social security and health insurance – should be met.

The National News Agency reported that workers at the utility’s southern Nabatieh complex had held a strike, halting all work and maintenance at the plant, before joining their colleagues in Beirut.

Wajih Shamisani, the head of the Electricity Workers’ Union in Nabatieh, said the move was a warning strike, “and will be followed by an open-ended strike if the demands presented to the Energy and Water Resources Ministry are not met.”

Meanwhile, in Akkar, north Lebanon, Electricity workers held a sit-in to protest against their demands not being met, the NNA said.

The workers had called for greater access to social security for employees, especially since “[workers] are exposed to physical and health dangers that led to the death of more than one colleague,” the agency said.

They also urged authorities to look into their working conditions and hinted that they may stage further sit-ins.

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