Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Hamas civil servants declare strike over unpaid salaries


Civil servants hired by the Gaza Strip's de facto Hamas leaders on Tuesday declared a strike across all Gazan ministries and public institutions to protest unpaid salaries.

The employees have not been regularly paid since the formation of a unity government in 2014, although even before that Hamas struggled to pay their salaries regularly.

A spokesperson for the employees' union, Muhammad Siyam, said during a press conference that the strike would take place on Thursday across all public institutions, including schools.

He also announced a rally on Tuesday next week, marching from Gaza City's Saraya Square toward the city's government buildings.

Siyam said the unpaid civil servants would "take our rights by force and would be ready to die for the sake of our means of living."

He called on Fatah and Hamas to reach an agreement on the issue as part of the latest round of unity talks in Qatar, warning: "If our problem is not addressed and solved during the ongoing talks in Qatar, we won't accept a reconciliation agreement that ignores us.” more