Suleiman: New Wage Scale is Legitimate Right, but it Mustn't Impact Economyإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
President Michel Suleiman stressed on Monday that the new wage scale is a legitimate right to those demanding it, but the people's interests must be taken into consideration before endorsing it.
He explained: “A balance must be struck between revenues and expenses in a manner that will not negatively impact the economy.”
In addition, he hoped after holding talks with Premier Tammam Salam that approving the new wage scale will not result in more taxes that burden the people.
The implementation of the pay raise should be met with administrative reform, combating corruption, and controlling spending, stated Suleiman.
The president had also earlier held talks with Interior Minister Nuhad al-Mashnouq on the implementation of the security plan in the northern city of Tripoli and the eastern Bekaa Valley.
On Friday, the joint parliamentary committees gave the green light to the pay raise which has been put on the agenda of the legislature on Tuesday for approval.
Despite the move, the Syndicate Coordination Committee, a coalition of private and public school teachers and public sector employees, called for a protest near the parliament in downtown Beirut on Tuesday to pressure MPs into approving the raise without slashing the 121 percent wage hike demanded by the grouping or making the payments in installments.
Several officials and economic committees have expressed their concern over the wage scale, warning that it would further burden Lebanon's economy.