Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Speaker Nabih Berri called Wednesday on joint parliamentary committees to meet next Monday to review the public sector's controversial salary scale bill as the Union Coordination Committee threatened to stage an open-ended strike if the bill was not passed soon.Berri also met with Deputy Speaker Farid Makari to discuss the joint committees' meeting on the salary scale bill.MP Ibrahim Kanaan, head of the parliamentary Finance and Budget Committee, welcomed Berri's call for a meeting of the joint committees to review the salary scale bill."This proves that the salary and ranks scale is still a priority," Kanaan told Elnashra website. He said his committee was fully ready to cooperate with Makari to bring the salary scale bill out of the paralysis from which it has suffered for months. According to Mahfoud, all of the parliamentary blocs have promised to include the private school teachers in the salary scale bill.He also insisted that the private school teachers would not dare raise tuitions if Parliament votes in favor of granting higher wages to the teachers.For his part, MP Yassin Jaber from Berri's bloc was not too confident the parliamentary committees would be able to reach a common understanding on the salary scale.
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