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West Bank teachers to strike over salary delays, union says

Dec. 15, 2012 9:00 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 5:17 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Teachers in the West Bank will launch strike action next week in protest against the Palestinian Authority's failure to pay salaries, the teachers union said Saturday.

Partial strike action will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, with all teachers stopping work after the fourth class of the day, the union's secretary-general Muhammad Suwwan told Ma'an.

The teachers union in Nablus said that classes in the northern district will also be suspended on Sunday, a statement said.

If teachers' salaries are paid before Wednesday the strike action will be canceled, Suwwan added. Teachers will meet on Thursday to discuss further action if the PA continues to delay public sector salaries.

On Nov. 6, the teachers union undertook large scale strike action, forcing most schools in the West Bank to close for the day.

School teachers had last gone on strike on Oct. 23, when they joined university lecturers and civil servants in a mass strike over the late and partial payment of public sector salaries, paralyzing the West Bank.
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