Public sector workers protest in Baabda. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet is set to draft a new tax law and take legal measures to resolve the wage hike crisis Friday, clearing the way for the payment of public sector employees' salaries at the end of the month based on the new salary scale law. The move, to be finalized at an emergency Cabinet session to be chaired by Prime Minister Saad Hariri at 10 a.m. at the Grand Serail, is certain to defuse swelling street tensions and put an end to a five-day nationwide strike called by unions representing civil servants, workers and schoolteachers to pressure the government into implementing the salary scale law. Parliament is supposed to approve the new tax law to be prepared by the Cabinet during its session Friday because the Cabinet's components are represented in the legislature.The source added that Aoun settled the row over the release of the 2017 draft state budget in order to prevent the country from falling into a financial crisis and would facilitate an agreement in the Cabinet on the new tax law."The Cabinet is called upon to discuss the new situation that emerged following the Constitutional Council's decision and take the appropriate decision on it," Aoun said.For his part, Hariri spoke constructively about the salary scale law.
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