Teachers' union threatens to launch strike
Published Sunday 03/11/2013 (updated) 03/11/2013 16:53
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The teachers' union announced on Sunday its intention to launch a limited strike in the West Bank unless the Palestinian Authority responds to its demands, a union official said.
Ahmad Suhweil, secretary-general of the union, revealed plans to suspend afternoon classes in schools across the West Bank for two weeks starting Sunday.
Additionally, as part of the strike, Ministry of Education employees will work only until 1:00 p.m each day.
Suhweil told Ma'an that the government did not implement the conditions agreed upon with the union at the beginning of the academic year.
The union gave the PA a period of time to implement their demands, Suhweil said, but the authorities seem to have no intention to do so.
Suhweil called on the PA to keep its promises and to include administrative employees as part of the agreement.
The teachers' union last threatened to strike in September, but called off the plans following an agreement with the PA.
The union organized regular strikes in the first half of 2013 to protest unpaid salaries. It demanded a regular promotion system, recognition of teaching as a profession, and adherence to the career ladder among other issues.