BEIRUT— The syndicate for workers and employees of state-owned power provider Electricité du Liban on Tuesday issued a statement announcing a fourth extension of their strike, which first began on March 9, the state-run National News Agency reported. The syndicate will now continue striking until April 12.
Here’s what we know:
• The EDL workers and employees syndicate announced in its statement that the chairman of EDL’s board of directors had confirmed that a complete plan to address the strikers’ demands will be presented in a board of directors meeting, but did not specify any date for that meeting.
• It added that since EDL did not yet take action “on the [employees’] demands, the strike will continue and the entrance doors will be closed in all [EDL’s] centers in Lebanese territories” to non-workers and non-employees.
• The employees said they will stop inspecting the public network except in cases of danger to public safety. Fuel will also not be received or delivered as part of the strike, including unloading steamships and uploading fuel from one tank to another, the statement added.
• On March 15, the syndicate presented a list of demands that includes “pricing [EDL employees and workers’] salaries using the same mechanism as that used for [private electricity] service suppliers, guaranteeing full medical coverage and insurance for workers and employees, stopping the violation of [EDL’s] authorities and permissions” and “activating contract penalties against [private electricity] service suppliers that failed to accomplish their missions.”