Hanna Gharib, head of the UCC, speaks during a protest outside the Social Affairs Ministry in Beirut, Monday, May 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Civil servants returned to the streets Tuesday as their fight for a wage hike was delivered a fresh blow with many Christian MPs boycotting Parliament over the presidential stalemate.Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned Tuesday's scheduled Parliament session over the modified salary scale until June 10 . The civil servants' protest was scheduled to take place in parallel with a Parliament session over the modified salary scale. The sources added that the boycotting lawmakers also argued that a consensus on the salary scale should be reached before Parliament convened. If there were a prior agreement, the salary scale could be endorsed in one hour, they said. A parliamentary committee formed to study the controversial salary scale issue earlier this month reduced the total funding from LL2.8 trillion ($1.9 billion) to LL1.8 trillion. Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan, speaking from Parliament, said that the March 14 coalition would always support the people's demands but boycotted the session due to presidential void.
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