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Civil servants to strike over pay-hike delays

BEIRUT: Civil servants will strike again Wednesday in response to Parliament’s delay in passing a long-awaited pay hike for the public sector. 

The Union Coordination Committee said in a statement after its meeting Tuesday that a protest would take place outside the Urban Planning building in the Cola neighborhood of Beirut at 9 a.m., while a sit-in will be held inside the Education Ministry in Verdun at 11 a.m.. 

“The Union Coordination Committee cannot find a description that suits the political class, which failed to address the people’s pressing needs,” the group said in the statement. 

“They insist on imposing taxes on low income families and ignore people’s demands for their rights, primarily the new salary scale.” The UCC, which has spearheaded nationwide protests to press for passing the pay hike over the past two years, also accused politicians of exaggerating the cost of the salary scale. 

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

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 16, 2014, on page 3.

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