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Future bloc ready to pass wage hike: MP

Future Movement MP Jamal Jarrah leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Future MP Jamal Jarrah announced Thursday that his bloc is ready to attend a legislative session to pass the ranks and salaries scale, boding a close solution for the controversial file.

“The Future bloc is ready to attend a legislative session to pass the scale, which we consider to be a central matter,” Jarrah told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.

Jarrah said that discussions about passing the wage hike would be held soon, hinting that the dispute points are related to securing enough revenues to fund the hike.

“There are efforts to pass the ranks and salaries scale, and ensure realistic and implementable financial revenues,” he said. “The agreement will be through a comprehensive package that is likely to include adding one percent on the VAT and the reduction and installment of the hike.”

Future and March 14 MPs had made a decision to boycott any legislative session before the election of a new president, but showed flexibility last month by accepting to legislate on the Eurobonds and the wage hike matters.





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