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Gaza govt institutions on strike to protest salary delay
Published Thursday 26/06/2014 (updated) 26/06/2014 22:34
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Ministries and public institutions in the Gaza Strip declared a general strike on Thursday in protest against not receiving their salaries.

The director of the Gaza public employees union, Muhammad Siyam, highlighted that all public institutions went on strike, with the exception of health workers, who will treat emergency cases.

Both the Ministry of Education and the Public Workers' Union declared their full support for the strike action.

"It is not about the salary itself, but rather about recognition of the legal status of Gaza employees," Siyam said.

The salary crisis will have "disastrous" impacts on about 50,000 Gaza families if it continues, Siyam said, adding that he holds President Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah responsible for their welfare.

The banking crisis started in early June when Hamas employees of the former Gaza government were angered to find out they had not been paid, with Hamas-affiliated police officers preventing PA employees from collecting their wages.

Employees of the previous government see it as Ramallah's responsibility to pay their salaries, but the new unity government says no such agreement was ever made with Hamas.

A Palestinian national consensus government was sworn in on June 2, as Hamas ceded power after nearly seven years of ruling Gaza.

Many issues involving the Strip, such as the fate of former employees of the Hamas government, have yet to be addressed by the new unity government.

Signs from right to left : "Today is Thursday, compulsory strike"
and "Unity Government, we hope you can delay/postpone
Ramadan until we get our paychecks."




Sign reads "They formed a government that only issues instructions,
that is innocent and is paycheck free."
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1 ) Mel / USA
26/06/2014 17:33
ALL EMPLOYEES of the national unity govt.have a RIGHT to their EARNED salaries.Israeli proxies-PA/Fatah-have no right making DFA employees wait at the end of the line for dry crumbs,after Israeli proxies(since Oslo)PA,gets 1st pickings&Israel gets TAXES!Gaza is TRYING to make unity work,but it seems PA has left the phone off the hook,delibarately & is collectively punishing fellow Palestinians,just as Israel wants!Hamas doesn't care,it's OUT of their hands now.But Gazan's work is WELL EARNED!

2 ) Outlier / USA
26/06/2014 18:03
Hamas has money for missiles and mortars, but not for medicine, hospitals, fuel for power plants, infrastructure improvements and salaries. Gazans voted for them and they have themselves to blame.

3 ) Bemused / New Zealand
27/06/2014 11:17
#Outlier - update yourself - Hamas is not the government. Duh.

4 ) Outlier / USA
28/06/2014 04:28
3., Bemused, who sets the policies in Gaza? Who enacts the laws, enforces the laws and decides the budget and spends the government treasury? It isn't the employees and it isn't the Gazan on the street - it is the Hamas government, pure and simple.
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