File - Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri casts his vote to elect the new Lebanese president April 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Joseph Eid/Pool)
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Parliament is slated to meet Wednesday to pass the public sector wage hike bill, against the backdrop of opposition by the private sector and a threat of an open strike by private school teachers in protest of being excluded from the proposed salary raise.Speaker Nabih Berri warned that if opposition to the salary scale bill persisted, he would withdraw the bill from the agenda of Wednesday's session and refer it again to parliamentary committees for further study.The salary scale bill, which had led to strikes and demonstrations by the Union Coordination Committee over the past three years, has been stalled by differences between the March 8 and March 14 blocs over proposed taxes to fund the increases.Nehme Mahfoud, the head of the Association of Private School Teachers, called for an open strike across Lebanon Wednesday and a mass demonstration near Parliament during the legislative session to protest the exclusion of private school teachers from the proposed salary raise.The parliamentary Future bloc, which is expected to vote for the wage hike bill, discussed the additional burdens that might arise from the extension of the bill to include private sector institutions.
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