Nehme Mahfoud, head of the Private Schools Teachers Association, speaks during a teachers rally in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The wage hike likely to be approved by lawmakers Wednesday could exclude private school teachers, prompting them to adopt an open strike and a mass demonstration near Parliament during the legislative session.Parliament's actions would deprive public school teacher's of the majority of the expected wage hike and leave them with only 10 percent of what they are demanding.The Union Coordination Committee, which includes both public and private school teachers, has been holding strikes and mass protests for three years demanding a wage hike.Mahfoud stressed the unity of the UCC, calling on fellow unions to make a statement supporting the private school teachers' stand. Tripoli's private school teachers voted for an open strike in case the lawmakers betrayed their demands, and for a mass protest at Riad al-Solh square to coincide with the session.
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