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UCC to protest once again over salary scale

UCC head Hanna Gharib speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Civil servants will protest Wednesday outside a government building and a sit-in at the Education Ministry in response to delays in passing a wage scale for the public sector.

In a statement issued after its meeting, the Union Coordination Committee said the protest would take place outside the Urban Planning building at 9 a.m. while another delegation would take part in a sit-in inside the Education Ministry at 11 a.m.

The two protests will coincide with a nationwide strike by public sector employees over Parliament's failure to finalize and pass the long-awaited wage hike.

"The UCC cannot find a description that suits the political class, which failed to address the people’s daily pressing concerns,” the union said in its statement.

“They failed to elect a new president, maintain constitutional institutions and put an end to corruption while they insist on imposing taxes on low income families and ignore people's demands for their rights, primarily the salary scale.”

The UCC, which has spearheaded nationwide protests to pressure the government to pass the wage hike, also accused politicians of exaggerating the cost of the salary scale for the treasury.

The union said teachers remained committed to boycotting correcting official exams until the salary scale was approved.

Lawmakers are at loggerheads over the salary scale with some groups insisting on a draft law that would create a balance between revenues and expenditures, given that the new wage hike is expected to cost the state some $1.6 billion a year.





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