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UCC renews call for two day strike

Hanna Gharib, head of the UCC, speaks during a protest in front of the education ministry in Beirut, Monday, June 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The Union Coordination Committee renewed its call for a two-day strike scheduled to start on Tuesday, after it was postponed last week due to security concerns.

"Officials continue to ignore the demands of the UCC... since June 19 Parliament has failed to convene and approve our rights to the salary scale; they have harmed the rights of all public sector workers over the course of 18 years; and today they damage the rights and interests of 108,000 students waiting for official examination results,” said the UCC in a statement released Monday.

Teachers are boycotting the grading of official exams as a means to pressure the legislature into endorsing the salary raise.

The strike July 1-2 is meant to urge the Parliament to approve the memo previously submitted by the commission to MPs, to ensure that salaries are adjusted by 121 percent.

Previously, officials and economists warned that a 121 percent salary increase would further exacerbate economic problems and would add to the budget deficit if a method to finance the salary scale was not secured.

The UCC reiterated its commitment to holding the strike and saluted its member Ali Berro, who started a hunger strike over the issue in the past two weeks.

"The escalation of the strike is intended to strengthen the resilience of all those involved in the salary scale and it is [a step toward] building a social welfare state,” said the UCC.





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