Shura Council rejects Nahhas’ proposal on wages, Al Liwa

Al Liwa newspaper quoted well informed sources as saying that the “Shura Council has informed Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas that his proposal on wage increases was rejected on the basis that he cannot combine transportation allowance with the minimum wage.”

The council wants the cabinet to come up with a fourth draft on wages for consideration .

On Friday there were reports that the Shura council described the cabinet’s decision on wage hikes as “illegal”

The Free Patriotic Movement, Hezbollah and Amal dealt a blow to PM Najib Mikati on December 22 after voting in favor of a wage boost decree proposed by Nahhas hours after the Economic Committees and the General Labor Confederation agreed with minor changes to the previously approved proposal made by the PM.

The new cabinet decision calls for raising the minimum wage to LL868,000 from the current LL500,000 – a whopping 74% .

Workers earning less than LL1.5 million receive an 18 percent increase while salaries between LL1.5 million and LL2.5 million receive an additional 10 percent on the second salary bracket.

The raise is retroactive to Dec. 1, 2011.

The voting in favor of the proposal was seen by observers as an attempt by Hezbollah, FPM and Amal to deal a blow to Mikati who on Dec. 7 suggested another wage hike mechanism that received the approval of the Shura Council with minor amendments.

What is surprising according to observers is the fact that General Labor Confederation and the Economic Committees agreed ahead of cabinet session on a LL675,000 minimum wage deal and the GLC chief Ghassan Ghosn was happy about it and called off the strike.

Earlier this month the minimum wage was raised by the cabinet to 600,000 LL, but the labor Union was not happy with the increase and called for a strike .

  • 5thDrawer

    Retroactive to Dec 1st. But what?
    Freedom and a viable democracy are still retroactive to 2005.
    We are amused by all the rhetoric.

  • Anonymous

    Retroactive to Dec 1st. But what?
    Freedom and a viable democracy are still retroactive to 2005.
    We are amused by all the rhetoric.

  • Hannibal

    and the poor struggles…

  • and the poor struggles…

  • prophettt

    Happy New Year  everyone. Cheers to the New Year,and another opportunity for humanity to do it right.Most likely it is another wasted opportunity.lol
    For those who can read Arabic, I want to share with you the best of what I read for a Poet who  posted a poem expressing his thoughts and feelings on the eve of a New Year with no celebration.
    شقيت جفن الليل

    لَفلَفِت حالـي بِالبَـرد خوف البـرد
    و قـعَـدِت قَـلِّـب رَاح رَاح لـرَاح
    و قـصَدِت بـاب الدَّهـر وَدِّع عَـام
    و شَـقَّيت جِفـن الليـل نُص الليـل
    إستَقبَلت عَـام جديـد من دون عِيد
    و يِـكتب أسَامِـي بريد بَلكِـي يعِيد
    و لـبِست ثَـوب الليـل عَـالفرقـه
    و بِالدَمـع طَفِّـي الشَـوق و الحرقه
    حَـامِـل عَـاكِتفو عُمرنـا سِرقـه
    مِـن الجِفـن طَلّ العَـام مع شَهقَـه
    و صـار القَلـم يبكِـي عـاهالورقه
    هـالـعِـيـد أولادِي وَ لَـو مَرقَـه

    By:اديب بزي

    • 5thDrawer

      Same to you and yours, Prophet. And ALL herein who attempt to make some sense of the world.
      Peace and happiness is a dream for many … may we all keep working on it.

      • prophettt

        Thank you, 

    • 5thDrawer

      Same to you and yours, Prophet. And ALL herein who attempt to make some sense of the world.
      Peace and happiness is a dream for many … may we all keep working on it.

      • prophettt

        Thank you, 

  • Anonymous

    Happy New Year  everyone. Cheers to the New Year,and another opportunity for humanity to do it right.Most likely it is another wasted opportunity.lol
    For those who can read Arabic, I want to share with you the best of what I read for a Poet who  posted a poem expressing his thoughts and feelings on the eve of a New Year with no celebration.

    شقيت جفن الليل 

    لَفلَفِت  حالـي بِالبَـرد خوف البـرد

    و قـعَـدِت قَـلِّـب رَاح رَاح لـرَاح

    و قـصَدِت بـاب الدَّهـر وَدِّع عَـام

    و شَـقَّيت جِفـن الليـل نُص الليـل

    إستَقبَلت  عَـام جديـد من دون عِيد

    و  يِـكتب أسَامِـي بريد بَلكِـي يعِيد

    و لـبِست ثَـوب الليـل عَـالفرقـه

    و بِالدَمـع طَفِّـي الشَـوق و الحرقه

    حَـامِـل  عَـاكِتفو عُمرنـا سِرقـه

    مِـن الجِفـن طَلّ العَـام مع شَهقَـه

    و صـار القَلـم يبكِـي عـاهالورقه

    هـالـعِـيـد أولادِي وَ لَـو مَرقَـه

    • Anonymous

      Same to you and yours, Prophet. And ALL herein who attempt to make some sense of the world.
      Peace and happiness is a dream for many … may we all keep working on it.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you, 

  • shankarees

    Nahhas is an idiot and trouble maker.  Dori Chamoun said that he was his neighbor and was constantly causing problems to Chamoun.   I believe his face shows how much of an idiot he is.

  • shankarees

    Nahhas is an idiot and trouble maker.  Dori Chamoun said that he was his neighbor and was constantly causing problems to Chamoun.   I believe his face shows how much of an idiot he is.

  • Anonymous

    Nahhas is an idiot and trouble maker.  Dori Chamoun said that he was his neighbor and was constantly causing problems to Chamoun.   I believe his face shows how much of an idiot he is.