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Union: PA employees to end strike

Jan. 31, 2013 10:12 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2013 8:26 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Government employees in the West Bank will end their strike against salary delays on Sunday, their union chief said late Thursday.

Bassam Zakarneh said the union leadership had met with Palestinian Authority representatives, and were satisfied with their pledge to meet employees' demands.

Israel said on Wednesday it would give the PA around $100 million in tax revenues that had been withheld in retaliation for Palestine's statehood vote at the United Nations in November.

The tax seizure compounded the government's worsening financial crisis.

Full salaries for public sector workers have not been paid in almost three months and government initiatives to increase revenue by collecting years worth of electricity and water bills from the public have been hampered by street protests.

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