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UPDATED: 07:24, September 14, 2006
Palestinian lawmaker calls on gov't employees to keep strike
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Secretary General of the Palestinian People's party Wednesday called on unpaid teachers and government employees to keep going on their strike until the Hamas- led government sits to talk with unions, a Palestinian radio reported.

"The strike has to go until serious talks are held between the Palestinian government and the unions," Bassam al-Salhi said in an interview with the local radio "Voice of Palestine."

Al-Salhi's remarks came in spite of an opposite call by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haneya to end the strike.

On Sept. 2, most of civil servants, including teachers, started an open-ended strike in a bid to press the Hamas-led government to pay their salaries every month as usual.

On Tuesday, Abbas promised the employees to get their salaries by the end of September and called on the employees to end their strike and return to work.

Since the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which won in January legislative elections, took office in late march, some 165, 000 civil and security servants haven't been paid their salaries regularly.

The donor countries, which used to aid the Palestinian Treasury, refused to continue sending donations until the Hamas-led government meet their conditions in recognizing Israel, the signed accords and condemning violence.

On Aug. 17, Abbas and Haneya, who is also a senior Hamas official, agreed on a deal on forming a coalition government to replace incumbent Hamas-led one in a bid to overcome current economic and political crises.

The new deal on forming a national unity government is likely to encourage the international community to resume aid for the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

Source: Xinhua

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