Teachers and other public sector workers in Lebanon are continuing their struggle for pay justice. Public and private school teachers led a march through the streets of the capital, Beirut, to demand that the government pay the rise which was promised in 2013.

Economists have been seeking to persuade the government to pay the rises over a period of three to five years. Such calls are echoed in a new World Bank report, which calls on the government to use revenues from hydrocarbons to pay down the country's debt. The teachers are demanding that money is raised by taxing the rich. One placard on the demonstration readYes to amending salaries ... through bank and real estate profits, fighting smuggling, and taxes on seaside property

All public schools and many private schools were closed on Tuesday and on Wednesday many other unions came out in support of the teachers and public sector workers, including the General Labour Confederation and the Air Transport Association.

Some politicians are callling for the pay rise, which all seem to accept is necessary, to be funded by raising value added tax, which would have a devastating effect on the poor, but union leaders made it clear that this was not acceptable. Moreover, speaking to the rally on Tuesday, teachers' union leader Hanna Gharib said: The government should improve the quality of the public schools so we can enroll our children and yours in public schools.'

Some teachers on the march said that their salaries had remained the same for 20 years and others said that they could only afford the bare necessities. This latest strike is part of an ongoing campaign to demand that teachers and other public sector workers get the promised pay justice. The Union Co-ordinating Committee, also organised a strike in March.