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UCC: We strike to avoid catastrophe

UCC head Hanna Gharib speaks to the press during a rally outside the Tourism Ministry in Hamra, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Head of the Union Coordination Committee Hanna Gharib said Tuesday that if no action was taken to ensure that civil servants receive their pay raise, the situation could get worse.

“Today’s stepped up action comes to avoid heading toward boycotting correcting official exams,” Gharib told a cheering crowd protesting outside the Tourism Ministry in Hamra.

He warned that government workers faced “dangerous conditions.”

Parliament will hold a marathon session Wednesday to hammer out a compromise formula for the controversial salary scale, a source close the talks told The Daily Star.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has called for the May 14 meeting to vote on the recommendations submitted by the parliamentary committee on the best ways to finance the salary scale.

The committee has suggested reducing funding for the wage increase to $1.2 billon, a proposal that infuriated civil servants and public school teachers, who called for a mass rally Wednesday near Parliament.

The UCC has already called for boycotting Lebanon’s official exams in protest of the $700 million funding cut.

The Union also called for a "day of rage" Wednesday to coincide with the parliamentary session.





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