PA union calls for strike over unpaid wages

October 16, 2012 20:38


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Protesting the Palestinian Authority's inability to pay salaries, the PA public worker's union on Tuesday called for a general strike on Wednesday, Thursday and again next week, Ma'an News Agency reported.

"The union understands there is American and Israeli pressure on the Palestinian people," union head Bassam Zakarneh told Ma'an after rejecting the PA policy of paying out salaries to low-wage earners now, but postponing other payments until later in the month.

Over 90 percent of PA employees have loan or debt payments, according to the union, and Zakarneh says that "employees cannot even pay for transportation to get to work."

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