MPs attend the joint committees meeting at the Parliament in Beirut, Monday, April 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Union Coordination Committee Monday threatened to launch an intifada across the country if the salary scale was not approved, as MPs postponed discussions on ways to fund the wage increase to Tuesday.The MPs were deeply divided on ways to fund the salary scale, with some supporting a proposal to increase the value added tax while others preferred to cut waste in government departments.Khalil proposed increasing the VAT from 10 to 12 percent across the board or raising it to 15 percent on certain luxury items.Kanaan told reporters that the committee approved 11 proposals to fund the salary scale but had postponed discussion on the VAT.Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, who attended part of the parliamentary debate, recommended that the salary scale be paid in installments over a five-year period. But the UCC vehemently rejected Salameh's proposal, insisting that the salary hike be paid in full.
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