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Palestinian teachers to strike over pay

March 9, 2008 12:06 P.M. (Updated: March 9, 2008 12:06 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestinian Teachers Union announced of a series of strikes starting on Wednesday and Thursday because the teachers feel their needs are not being met by the Palestinian Authority.

The head of the union, Jamil Shehada told Ma'an that a meeting was held on Sunday during the strike was called. Teachers will also strike on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

He added, "There should be a presence of teachers and students in their schools, noy studying but sitting in front of the Council of Ministers in Ramallah."

The head of the Palestinian public employees union, Bassam Zakarneh said that the union remains committed to the suspension of the protests "until the end of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Teachers and public employees are demanding higher salaries to match the rising price of consumer goods, food, and transportation.

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