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Bank employees support civil servants' call for new salary scale
Public sector teachers protest outside the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Public sector teachers protest outside the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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BEIRUT: The Federation of the Syndicates of Bank Employees in Lebanon voiced support Tuesday for civil servants’ demand that a long-awaited salary scale for the public sector be enacted.

"The Federation of the Syndicates of Bank Employees announces its support for the demands of the Union Coordination Committee and considers the implementation of ‘the high cost of living decree’ on labor unions a primary duty of the state,” the federation said in a statement.

The Union Coordination Committee, a coalition of private and public school teachers and civil servants, has carried out general strikes on several occasions this year in protest of the Cabinet's move to exclude adjustments to the civil servants’ salary scale from the 2012 state budget.

Teachers who have boycotted correcting the exams of Grades 9 and 12 high-school students are demanding to receive the raise approved for the private sector in January.

Civil servants arguing for the new wage scale say that approximately 600,000 families would benefit from it.

“Putting the new salary scale up for approval before the end of the week is a test of the government’s transparency and sincerity in resolving socio-economic issues,” the statement by the bank employees said.

The federation also raised questions over the delay in issuing a retirement plan which they said has been studied in parliamentary committees.

In the statement, the federation demanded that bank employees be included as board members of the economic and social council “because they can formulate economic, social and political polices that meet the demands of both the private sector and labor.”

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