Hundreds of civil servants and public school teachers march toward Parliament in protest of the government's failure to pass a wage hike bill on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Thousands of striking teachers and public sector employees marched on Parliament Tuesday to pressure the government to approve a controversial salary increase as offices and schools across the country remained shuttered.Our schools cannot afford to give us all of our rights but we want a compromise," Rola told The Daily Star, also declining to give her last name.She said salaries of many teachers have remained the same for 20 years. The rally, organized by the Union Coordination Committee, is intended to block any attempt to pay the salary increases over a three or five-year period, as suggested by several lawmakers and economists who have repeatedly warned against the draft law.Speaking to the large crowd gathered outside Parliament, Nehme Mahfoud, head of the Private Schools Teachers Association, criticized proposals to finance the salary scale."The government should improve the quality of the public schools so we can enroll our children and yours in public schools," he said, announcing that the Association of Secondary Education has been turned into a union.He also spoke about the parliamentary committee tasked with studying, again, the wage hike proposal, saying that lawmakers would soon draft a review of the draft law.
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