Employees protest in front of the Social Affairs Ministry in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet is set to meet Tuesday to approve a temporary solution to the wage hike crisis by agreeing to pay public sector employees and schoolteachers a one-month salary based on the new salary scale law, ministerial sources said Monday, a move that is likely to defuse mounting street tensions.During an emergency session Sunday to discuss a plan for funding the recently passed salary scale law in the absence of new taxes following the Constitutional Council's annulment last week of the tax hike law in its entirety, the Cabinet promised to take "important decisions" Tuesday to resolve the thorny issue of the salary scale law, whose cost is estimated at over $800 million annually.Berri was apparently responding to the Constitutional Council's demand in its repeal of the tax hike law, that proposed taxes to fund the salary scale law should be integrated into the 2017 draft state budget which has yet to be ratified by Parliament.
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