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Wednesday June 8, 2011 9:51 AM (EST+7)
Strikes threaten to sweep Palestinian public sector

Read more: labor, employees, public sector, government, health, doctors, Palestinian Authority, court, High Court

RAMALLAH, June 8 (JMCC) - Palestinian public sector workers are threatening to go on strike Thursday if they are not paid their monthly wages by then, reports Gulf News.

A strike is already underway in the health sector, where the government has sought a court injunction that would force doctors back to work. The court this week ordered medical employees to return to regular hours until it rules on the case, but doctors have said they will resign en masse in protest.

While doctors are protesting their working conditions, all public sector workers are concerned about the delay their June salaries caused by a Palestinian Authority budget shortfall.

The union called on the Palestinian National Authority to set up a non- aligned committee comprising members from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and the Palestinian Legislative Council to run and monitor the Ministry of Finance and update the workers about the PNA's financial status.

The union said that as the employees and the ministry are partners in facing any financial difficulties, the timing of sending the employees' salaries to the banks can no longer be the call of one or two persons alone.

Bassam Zakarna, the union's chief, said in a statement that the workers would wait until 11am on Thursday and if the salaries go to the banks by that time, the workers will go on strike on that day.







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