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Public hospital doctors to launch partial strike
Published Wednesday 14/05/2014 (updated) 17/05/2014 18:22
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A union of doctors employed by the Palestinian ministry of health said on Wednesday that they will launch a partial strike Thursday if the government fails to pay allowances that they say were agreed upon nearly a year ago.

Speaker for the West Bank union of doctors Shaqi Sabha told Ma'an on Wednesday that doctors employed in public hospitals and centers would launch a partial strike Thursday in protest against the government's failure to pay the promised allowances.

The strike would affect outpatient service, including scheduled surgeries, which would be shut down starting May 15.

Sabha said that the dispute relates to unpaid allowances for extra working hours and extra payment for the hazardous nature of their jobs. While the allowances have appeared on doctors' salary slips, they are not actually being paid, he added.

Sabha highlighted that the Palestinian government's failure to pay indicated a failure to comply with agreements previously signed with the union.

If the government does not agree to the doctors' demands before they receive their monthly salary for May monthly, Sabha warned, the doctors will announce an open strike.
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