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West Bank govt employees continue strike

Jan. 6, 2013 2:13 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 7, 2013 5:26 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The union of government employees in the West Bank said Sunday it would continue its partial strike to protest salary delays.

Public sector staff will strike on Wednesday and Thursday, and the same days the following week, the union said.

The employees will also leave work from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Tuesday in order to hold a sit-in protest outside the Palestinian Authority government building.

Government employees in the West Bank received part of their November salaries in late December, but the remainder is still outstanding.

The Western-backed PA has struggled with falling international donations and domestic revenues, and has had to delay payments to its 153,000 public sector workers several times this year.

Since early December, Israel has withheld around $100 million in monthly tax revenue it collects on behalf of the PA as punishment for the UN's acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state.
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