Parliament convened for a legislative session after an almost four month paralysis on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Parliament decided to delay yet again a controversial wage hike for public sector workers that has prompted numerous strikes and protests in recent months.Speaker Nabih Berri sent the controversial draft wage hike law back to joint committees Wednesday, citing the opposition of many sectors to the bill.Parliament was slated to pass the public sector wage hike bill against the backdrop of opposition by the private sector and a threat of a strike by private school teachers to protest their exclusion from the proposed salary raise.The head of the Association of Private School Teachers, Nehme Mahfouz, said the teachers were simply asking for justice and equality, saying that according to the law, private school teachers should be treated on equal footing with public sector teachers. He warned that if Parliament ignored the private sector's demands and went ahead with passing the bill, the teachers would take moves to escalate the situation, including an open-ended strike.
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