Electricite du Liban contract workers held a sit-in and blocked the highway near the company's headquarters in Beirut on Monday to protest an urgent draft-law on their employment put on the agenda of a parliamentary session.
One contract worker identified as Hussein Allam set himself on fire but was rushed to Geitawi hospital. Two others suffered burns in their hands.
Bilal Bajouq, a member of the contract workers' follow-up committee, told LBCI TV that the workers were protesting the urgent draft-law which he said contradicted the agreement they had reached with the government of Prime Minister Najib Miqati when they lifted their 95-day sit-in last year.
“This draft-law takes us back to the starting point,” he said. “We were surprised when a few days ago it was put on the agenda.”
“All we want is to send a message to all the MPs …. that our opinions should be taken into consideration,” Bajouq said.
“We hope that the previous draft-law would be adopted,” he added.
The controversial full-time employment of the contract workers sparked a dispute last year, when they went on strike to press their demands.
But a settlement that included a six-point agreement ended their sit-in in August, 2012.