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Civil servants’ strike paralyses government offices in Gaza

UNRWA staff in the Gaza Strip strike in protest against the organisation's neglect of its employees and their rights on 14 November 2016 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
UNRWA staff in the Gaza Strip strike in protest against the organisation's neglect of its employees and their rights on 14 November 2016 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Government offices in the besieged Gaza Strip were closed today as a result of a strike carried out by civil servants who have not received their salaries, Quds Press reported.

Head of the Syndicate of Public Employees in Gaza, Yaccoub Al-Ghandour, said that the comprehensive strike was a “protest against the Government of National Accord as it did not pay November salaries.”

“We want to send a message to the Government of National Accord that it must pay the salaries of the employees who run schools, hospitals and all other ministries in Gaza.”

Speaking to Quds Press, he added that the Syndicate “has planned a series of measures in case the government does not commit to what was agreed upon in the last Cairo deal: paying November salaries for the employees recruited after June 2007.”

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He called for all the Palestinian factions to support the employees and push the government to “be fair” with them, as they “have been running Gaza during the siege and wars for ten years”.

During a protest in front of the Headquarters of the government in Gaza, the employees called for Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to resign if their salaries remain unpaid.

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