Lebanon News

MP hands over review of controversial wage hike bill

MP Antoine Zahra speaks with MP George Adwan at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan handed over Monday the parliamentary committee's review of the public sector salary scale bill to Parliament's general secretariat.

The committee amended the controversial draft law by reducing the total funding from $1.9 billion to $1.2 billion. The lawmakers also agreed to raise the value added tax from 10 to 11 percent and customs by one percent in a bid to generate funds to finance the wage hike.

Speaker Nabih Berri is expected to convene Parliament to pass the draft law within the next 48 hours.

The Union Coordination Committee, which has spearheaded protests for the past three years to pressure the government to approve the bill, has opposed attempts to increase taxes to finance the salary increase.

The UCC represents public sector employees and teachers.





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