Taxi and truck drivers hold a protest demanding the government increase their social security benefits and enact the national transportation plan in Beirut, Monday, April 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Public schools and government offices in Lebanon will close Tuesday as teachers and state employees observe a general strike aimed at pressing MPs to endorse a controversial salary hike.The strike will coincide with a mass march organized by the Union Coordination Committee on the Parliament building to reject any attempt to pay the salary increases over a three- or five-year period, as suggested by several lawmakers and economists. The Air Transport Association announced that it would stop work at Beirut airport between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday in solidarity with the strike planned by the UCC.Private and public school teachers have warned that they would not correct final examinations to escalate the protest and further pressure MPs to pass the draft law.Despite repeated calls to persuade private school teachers to join the strike Tuesday, the majority of these schools were expected to remain open.
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