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Teachers union to suspend strike Sunday
Published Wednesday 04/12/2013 (updated) 06/12/2013 10:34
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Teachers say they will pause a mass strike Sunday.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian teachers union on Wednesday announced it would suspend its strike from Sunday and regular classes will continue in all schools and departments.

A statement from the union said that the decision was made after extensive talks with all sides, and it added that the next few days will be vital for teachers and workers in the Ministry of Education.

A meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 to evaluate the situation, to deal with any updates or “otherwise there will be harsh events”, the statement added.

The union accused the government of missing several opportunities to end the crisis.

The teacher's union has held limited strikes over the last few weeks in protest over the Ministry of Education's failure to fully implement an agreement reached last September.

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.

Also Wednesday, dozens of teachers protested near the court in Ramallah against the arraignment of members of the teachers' union.

There were minor scuffles between PA police and protesters.

The crowd of teachers cheered as police officers called members of the union to enter the office of the general prosecution, with some calling for the resignation of the PA prime minister.

The PA warned late Tuesday that teachers who do not end their strike could be fired within 15 days, and all striking days will be taken from their salaries.

"These threats will not weaken the teachers' position, but rather render them more adamant to continue with their strike until all their demands are met," Naim said.
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