File - MP Ibrahim Kanaan speaks during an interview in Beirut, Thursday, March 3, 2011. (The Daily Star Photo)
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Talks over the long-awaited salary scale for the public sector came to impasse again Tuesday, with rival March 8 and March 14 coalitions disagreeing over whether the wage hike and the draft 2015 budget should be studied together.March 14 MPs boycotted a session by Parliament's Joint Committees to discuss the salary scale, arguing that the wage hike and the 2015 draft budget were related and should be passed together. The group also said that the salary scale figures required further study by a parliamentary subcommittee and opposed the fact that the Joint Committees' session was chaired by the head of Parliament's Finance and Budget Committee MP Ibrahim Kanaan, saying this violated the legislature's bylaws. Chaired by Kanaan, the session, mostly attended by March 8 MPs, lasted for over an hour.Jarrah said that on behalf of his Future bloc, he called on Kanaan to adjourn the session and to ask the Cabinet to refer the 2015 draft budget to Parliament for endorsement.Kanaan is opposed to linking the salary scale to the 2015 draft budget.
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