Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Cabinet ministers and Deputy Speaker Farid Makari watch Parliamentary deliberations. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (Mohammad Azakir/ The Daily Star)
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The fate of thousands of public sector employees hangs in the balance after Parliament adjourned deliberations on the controversial salary scale until Thursday's session. During the morning part of the session, MPs passed 10 articles of the law. Judges have also objected to the proposals in the salary scale. They began a two-day strike at noon Monday to protest a possible reduction in their salaries and benefits, warning of further measures if the new salary scale was endorsed.The judges said that proposed public sector salary reforms would end the judges' solidarity fund, which pays judges twice their monthly salary every other month. MP Emile Rahme said ahead of the session that "judges aren't normal employees," urging MPs to stand by them.As he entered the session, Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan told reporters that lawmakers should approve the salary scale during Wednesday's session.Although some officials believed that the salary scale should finally be passed Thursday, others remained skeptical.
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