The unions strike again! Lebanese workers plan protest for better wages

The unions strike again! Lebanese workers plan protest for better wages
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Published October 5th, 2015 - 17:55 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Lebanese youth stage a protest in Beirut in September 2015. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
Lebanese youth stage a protest in Beirut in September 2015. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
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A coalition of trade and teachers' unions Monday declared a general strike for Oct. 20, 26 and Nov. 4 to bring attention back to their four-year-long struggle for wage hikes.

The Union Coordination Committee also threatened to escalate their actions if Parliament, which is scheduled to convene on Oct. 20, fails to pass the salary scale.

However, there is a high probability that the Parliament, which has been in paralysis since last November, will not meet due to a boycott by several major Christian parties.

The announcement was made during a protest in Downtown Beirut.

Protesters denounced both the Parliament and the Cabinet for failing to resolve pressing issues the country has been facing, saying that politicians are “destroying the state’s institutions.”

A new salary scale, approved by the Cabinet in 2012, has been stuck in Parliament since that time. The UCC carried out a series of strikes and protests from 2012-2014, demanding that MPs approve the bill.

Their actions have been scaled back since Parliament went into paralysis.

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