Hanna Gharib, the head of Secondary Teachers Associations, speaks during a teachers rally in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)
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Civil servants and teachers are set to hold a general strike Wednesday after a legislative committee failed to put a proposal to boost public sector salaries up for a vote in Parliament.The strike would coincide with a large protest outside Parliament's Nejmeh Square at 11 a.m., he added.The strike was prompted after the parliamentary joint committees failed to agree on how to finance the controversial salary scale increase and refer the proposal to Parliament's general secretariat, the body which would in principle put the draft law up for a vote in the house. In 2012, the UCC launched a series of open-ended strikes nationwide to pressure the Cabinet into endorsing and referring the draft law to Parliament, crippling the public sector for several days.
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