Friday, 6 June 2014

Banking chaos in Gaza amid unity govt employee confusion


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The union of public sector employees in Gaza on Thursday blamed the newly formed Palestinian unity government for banking chaos which started Wednesday and continued into Thursday in the coastal enclave.

When Palestinian Authority government employees went to withdraw their monthly wages from banks on Wednesday, they were joined by government workers from the previous Hamas-affiliated government seeking their pay, too.

This resulted in clashes and closures as executives sought to avoid bank runs.

In a news conference, the union's speaker Muhammad Siyam accused the unity government of "discriminating between civil servants based in the West Bank and those based in Gaza."

After the unity government was sworn in on Monday, the political echelon of both Fatah and Hamas appeared to have failed to address basic arrangements such as who should pay salaries of about 50,000 employees including security officers who were employed by the former Hamas-run government. more