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Lawmakers will resume discussing a controversial salary raise for the public sector Thursday after making strides to sort out the means to finance the hike in a bid to avert escalated union strikes.The sources said most blocs favored Parliament's endorsement of the draft law to increase teachers salaries and public sector employees.The meeting of the Joint Committees, which lasted for over five hours, came shortly after striking teachers and public sector employees gathered at Riad al-Solh Square to pressure Parliament to pass the draft law. Nehme Mahfoud, the head of the Private Teachers Association, said that the UCC would suspend its protests until Monday based on a promise made by Berri that Parliament would pass the draft law before then.Berri called for the withdrawal of the draft law.After a lengthy discussion, Parliament passed a draft law to make Civil Defense contract workers and volunteers full-timers after they pass required tests.
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