Hamas government pays February salaries
Published Monday 11/03/2013 (updated) 12/03/2013 11:26
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas government in Gaza will pay February salaries for public sector staff on Monday, the finance ministry said.
Government employees wages will be paid into the National Islamic Bank and approved post offices, the ministry said in a statement.
Employees of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority threatened strike action on Sunday over the Ramallah-based government's failure to pay February salaries.
Bassam Zakarneh, head of the civil servants union, told Ma'an that public sector employees would prepare for partial strike action if the PA did not answer their inquiries about when wages will be paid.
The PA has been in a financial crisis fueled by shortfalls in foreign aid, renewed tensions with Israel and a need to meet an expanding public sector payroll.
In the past few months, it has failed to pay full salaries to its employees in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.
Israel withheld tax revenues it collects for the Palestinian Authority after President Mahmoud Abbas secured UN de facto statehood recognition in November, though it did transfer the funds, totaling about $100 million a month, in January and February.