Hundreds of civil servants and public school teachers march toward Parliament in protest of the government's failure to pass a wage hike bill on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon braced for a second day of strikes after thousands of mostly public sector employees marched demanding that Parliament pass a controversial wage hike Tuesday, while politicians continued to weigh the impact of the proposed bill on the economy. The Union Coordination Committee, a coalition of private and public school teachers and public sector employees, led Tuesday's march from the Central Bank to Riad al-Solh Square in Downtown. The UCC has spearheaded several protests over the past two years in an attempt to press for the passage of a 121 percent wage increase, which was approved by the government and referred to the Parliament in 2013 . Our schools cannot afford to give us all of our rights but we want a compromise," Rola told The Daily Star, also declining to give her last name.She said the salaries of many teachers had remained the same for 20 years. MP Ibrahim Kanaan, the head of Parliament's Finance and Budget Committee, said people's rights and the state's resources should be taken into consideration when addressing the salary scale issue.Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said he recognized that public sector employees' salaries were not enough for them to live and called for "a sincere economic dialogue".
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