File - President of the Beirut Traders Association, Nicolas Chammas. (The Daily Star)
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Civil servants Monday urged the Parliament to expedite the endorsement of a proposed wage hike, as private sector bodies warned that tax increases to finance the new salary scale would have dire consequences on the economy.Chammas added that the government should consider cutting expenditure rather than focusing on increasing taxes to finance the salary scale.Chammas also warned that an increase in the salaries of civil servants would prompt private sector employees to demand a similar wage hike.According to the proposed new salary scale, grade-one civil servants would earn a LL200,000 increase, raising their wage to LL4,900,000 while grade-two employees would earn an additional LL150,000 putting their wage at LL3,000,000 .
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