Thursday, 6 March 2014

Gaza workers protest against ban on construction material imports


By iGaza's correspondent in Gaza Hazem Zatma
Palestinian workers held a protest Wednesday to lift the ban on construction materials and the eight-year siege on Gaza, calling on the international community to support the workers' cause.

During the protest, which was organized by the supreme national committee and the General Association of Palestinian Workers' Syndicates. Workers at the protest hoisted banners such as, "what is our sin to be deprived from building our homes and renovating our streets", "Gaza tests the Arab chivalry and humanitarian justice" and chanted: "Lift the siege on Gaza, eight years of construction materials ban"

MP Marwan Abu Ras said that work in many professions has been halted due to the construction materials ban, in addition to a large number of other related activities that play a significant role in promoting the process of reconstruction in the besieged territory, calling on the Muslim and Arab world to take a serious stand to support Palestinian workers.

Sami el-'amassi, President of the General Association of Palestinian Workers' Syndicates, said that maintaining the stranglehold and effective control over the Gaza Strip has resulted in a high unemployment rate of 45, stating that all this is crystal clear to those in the Muslim and Western worlds that do anything to support Gaza.

Regarding the workers' suffering in Gaza, el-'amassi said that the continuing crises have made 30,000 workers jobless in the construction sector and another 40,000 in other related sectors.

El-'amassi added that the siege forced 97% of industrial facilities to close with 35,000 workers being laid off, among them 7,000 workers in the mineral industries, in addition to prolonged suffering of more than 40,000 farmers and the closing of 100 tailoring factories that resulted in a further 1000 layoffs. more

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