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Teachers union launches strike across West Bank

Nov. 17, 2013 1:49 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 19, 2013 12:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian teachers' general union on Sunday launched a limited strike across the West Bank on Sunday in protest against the Palestinian Authority's failure to implement previous agreements.

The Secretary-General of the teachers' union, Ahmad Sahwil, said that the union will be suspending class and work after the third class period all across the West Bank through Tuesday.

On Wednesday and Thursday there will be a full strike, he added.

The union is determined to implement the strike until the PA answers its demands, and announced its intention to begin a full, open-ended strike if demands are not met.

Suhweil called on the PA to keep its promises and to include administrative employees as a part of the previous agreements.

The teachers' union last threatened to strike in September, but called off the plans following an agreement with the PA.

The union organized regular strikes in the first half of 2013 to protest unpaid salaries. It demanded a regular promotion system, recognition of teaching as a profession, and adherence to the career ladder among other issues.
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