Turkish EDL contractor accused of fraud.
Summary: The Labor Ministry Friday accused an Electricite du Liban contractor of registering more than 50 Turkish professionals as cleaners.
BEIRUT: The Labor Ministry Friday accused an Electricite du Liban contractor of registering more than 50 Turkish professionals as cleaners. In a statement, the ministry said that 54 Turks were using forged job titles as porters and cleaners, when in fact they were working as technical engineers and experts with the Turkish power firm "Karpowership," a contractor with state-run EDL.
The statement did not say why the company lied about the job titles, but it is common for employers in Lebanon to cheat on paperwork to limit their fees.
The firm works on a power-generating ship off the coast of Zouk Mosbeh, just north of Beirut.
The ministry said it fined each of the 54 individuals and is in the process of filing a complaint to send to the public prosecutor in order "to question every person that had a role in this scandal, including the company's Lebanese representative."
The statement added that the Turkish firm had quickly rushed to settle the issue by changing the workers' job titles before any legal action was taken. Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi expressed regret over "EDL's failure to provide sufficient electricity to the Lebanese people, and also employ competent Lebanese youth to the sector instead of foreigners, at a time when Lebanese are migrating for better job opportunities abroad."
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