Govt employees to protest as salaries go unpaid
Ma'an News Agency
May 13, 2013
Government and public-sector employees announced a two-hour sit in scheduled for Tuesday across the West Bank and Gaza Strip as salaries remain unpaid, the union chief said Monday.
Employees will gather outside the cabinet building in Ramallah and the Square of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza, Bassam Zakarneh said.
"The Ministry of Finance continues to target the employees' pockets in favor of the World Bank. It stopped paying the annual premium, the cost of living allowance while raising prices, taxes and charges," he said
"A citizen pays 40 percent of his income taxes, and in return does not get anything from the services," the union chief added.
Asking the government to immediately intervene, Zakarneh called on employees to file suit against the government for delaying the disbursement of salaries.
The union chief also accused the Gaza Ministry of Finance for failing to cooperate and for "lacking transparency," adding that Gaza salaries continue to be cut.
On Saturday, the Gaza government said it would be paying public sector staff the following day, and that it would be disbursed to banks and postal offices.
Public sector employees are awaiting payment for April salaries.
Related Topics: Gaza, Palestinians
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