Tag Archive for Palestine

Palestinian teachers’ union “confident” in Abbas’ promises

According to this report on the Ma’an website, the Palestinian teachers’ union is now confident that President Abbas will fulfill his promises — following strike action earlier in the year.  The union has demanded improved working conditions, “a regular promotion…

Child labour in the West Bank: Scathing report produced by DWRC

The Democracy and Workers Rights Centre, based in Ramallah, is a respected and independent authority on workers’ rights.  It has just published a report entitled “Determinants and Consequences of Child Labor and Worst Forms of Child Labor in the West…

ITUC releases annual report on trade union rights in Palestine

This week saw the International Trade Union Confederation’s annual report on violations of trade union rights around the world.  A couple of days ago, we reported on the section on Israel, which was scathing in its criticism. It’s also worth…

Palestinian doctors to strike today

According to this report on the Ma’an website, West Bank doctors are going on strike today. They are angry at the Palestinian Authority for not living up to its side of an agreement with their union. The report continues: “Only…

Palestine: Government workers protest against unpaid salaries – again

Government employees in Gaza and the West Bank face continuing delays in getting their salaries paid, and have announced a series of protests. According to the Ma’an News Agency, “Government and public-sector employees announced a two-hour sit in scheduled for…

Palestinian trade union leader emerges as a key player

In an extraordinary article for Al Monitor, journalist Daoud Kuttab has profiled Bassam Zakarneh, the leader of the public sector workers union in Palestine. Zakarneh seems to be a new kind of union leader, one who is not afraid to stand…

West Bank teachers suspend strike threat after meeting gov’t officials

The planned strike today by Palestinian teachers in the West Bank was called off following a meeting with government officials who promised to respond to the major demands of the union.  (More details can be found on the Ma’an website.) Teachers…

Another strike by Palestinian civil servants over unpaid wages

Despite the announcement of yet another Saudi grant of millions of dollars, the Palestinian Authority has still not paid the full December salaries to its employees.  As a result, the public sector union has announced that it will hold another…

Wildcat strikes in the West Bank

This is an interesting development – Palestinian public transport workers going on strike over the high costs of fuel, and their union insisting that the strike was not called by them. More information as we receive it.