Employees protest in front of the VAT building in Beirut, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Union Coordination Committee has called for a weeklong strike beginning Thursday to protest MPs' recommendation to cut funding for the salary scale by $700 million.The committee has agreed to reduce the total funding of the salary scale from LL2.8 trillion ($1.9 billion) to LL1.8 trillion ($1.2 billion).MP Ghazi Youssef told The Daily Star that the committee refuses to increase wages by 121 percent, describing the demand as "ridiculous and illogical".In a statement, the GLC threatened to call for an open strike if the Parliament and government procrastinate in fulfilling the demands of civil servants and teachers.
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