File - Gharib speaks at the protest in Riad al-Solh Square in Beirut.
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Government offices and public schools in Lebanon closed Thursday, on the first day of a weeklong strike in protest against Parliament's plan to reduce a wage hike for civil servants by $700 million.The head of the UCC, Hanna Gharib, called for the strike Wednesday after the parliamentary committee tasked with studying the salary scale draft law reduced the total funding from LL2.8 trillion to LL1.8 trillion.Nehme Mahfouz, the head of the private school teachers association, said private schools would join the strike next week.It urged all employees to commit to the strike.
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