Hanna Gharib, head of the UCC, center, attends a protest for contract teachers in front of the Education Ministry in Beirut, Monday, June 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Teachers are holding an open-ended strike inside Lebanon's Education Ministry in UNESCO after Parliament failed to reach an agreement over funding a wage scale increase.After 18 years without a wage scale increase, teachers are demanding a 121 percent increase.Leaders of the Union Coordination Committee, a collection of public sector workers and public and private school teachers, counter by accusing the political class of misusing Lebanon's finances.Tuesday's protest was smaller with only a few hundred in attendance, mostly teachers with a few students also present.One of those was Abdelkarim Sherry, 65, who retired a year ago but turned out to support the teachers.
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