Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, right, receives a delegation from the Lebanese Bank Association in Beirut, Friday, May 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The MPs tasked with hammering out a solution for the controversial salary scale for government employees and public school teachers consider demands to raise wages by 121 percent "ludicrous," a deputy said Friday.Youssef, who did not elaborate on the new proposals, stressed that financing the wage hike was the responsibility of all parties in Lebanon, including the private and public sectors.He added that the committee would unveil the plan next week but declined to say whether the proposal would enjoy the support of the Union Coordination Committee, which has for the last three years campaigned for the 121-percent wage hike. Youssef hinted that the MPs had considered most of the proposals made by Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, including raising the value added tax from 10 to 12 percent.
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