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Housing ministry employees hold Ramallah sit-in

Dec. 18, 2012 4:17 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 1:42 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Dozens of employees of the ministry of public works and housing held a sit-in at their Ramallah office on Tuesday, but said they would not take part in a government strike this week.

The ministry workers want to make clear that they do not have enough money to cover their transport to work, even though they will won't strike with other government employees from Tuesday until Thursday, ministry spokesman Salah Haniyeh said.

Employees chanted “We want to live with dignity”, “We are human beings and we have human rights”, and “No to Israeli piracy” at the sit-in, a Ma'an reporter said.

The head of public employees union, Najeeb Ezz al-Deen, said the workers find "unacceptable" Israel's decision to withhold Palestinian Authority tax revenues after the UN vote to upgrade Palestine's status.

Union chief Bassam Zakarneh said Monday government employees would strike from noon Tuesday until the end of the week. Civil servants have not received their salaries for November.

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