BEIRUT — Employees of the state-run Electricité du Liban (EDL) announced a three-day strike from Tuesday to Thursday in protest of not being payed their salaries and the deterioration of their working conditions in a Lebanon ravaged by economic crisis.
In a statement, EDL employees said they were "subjected to humiliation and contempt in hospitals and laboratories." They also deplored "the omission of the financial support granted by the national emergency plan for the electricity sector and hospitals in the document sent to the Administrative Directorate... forgetting the payment of employees' salaries, about which nothing is yet known."
"Faced with this deteriorated economic, health and financial situation and the repeated unfulfilled promises, a warning strike and sit-ins will be organized in all EDL centers for three days from Tuesday June 13 to Thursday June 15 inclusive," the statement continued. The employees indicated that bills will not be printed and that the strike excludes maintenance and investment in electricity generation and transmission plants.
EDL employees have long been demanding special electricity tariffs and improved health insurance. In the meantime, EDL provides only a few hours of power a day, due to its limited financial resources and production capacity.