Hariri Meets Berri over Legislative Session, Wage Scale

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited Speaker Nabih Berri on Friday evening at the latter's headquarters in Beirut's Ain el-Tineh area.

The meeting, which was held in the presence of Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, tackled the upcoming legislative session that will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, the thorny issue of the new wage scale and other files, according to the National News Agency.

The speaker had on Wednesday announced that the wage scale will be at the top of the session's agenda.

The Syndical Coordination Committee, a coalition of private and public school teachers and public sector employees, has been pushing for the approval of the new wage scale for several years now and has organized numerous street protests and strikes to this end.

The ruling class argues that hiking taxes is necessary to fund the wage hike but opponents of such a move have called on authorities to find alternative funding sources, topped by putting an end to the waste and theft of public money.