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Cablegate: Teachers Receive Partial Payment; Strike Ends;

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIN ELAB PGOV KWBG
SUBJECT: TEACHERS RECEIVE PARTIAL PAYMENT; STRIKE ENDS;
SCHOOLS OPEN

REF: JERUSALEM 4773

1. (SBU) PA PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS RECEIVED A PARTIAL SALARY
PAYMENT OF NIS 1,000 ON NOVEMBER 11 IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PA GOVERNMENT AND THE GENERAL UNION OF
TEACHERS (REFTEL), ACCORDING TO PRESS ACCOUNTS CONFIRMED BY
ECONSPECIALIST. PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPENED ON NOVEMBER 11 FOR THE
FIRST TIME IN OVER TWO MONTHS.

2. (SBU) PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS LAUNCHED THE STRIKE IN
SEPTEMBER 2006 AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN PROTEST OF
THE PA'S FAILURE TO PAY THEIR SALARIES. TEACHERS EARN ABOUT
NIS 1,500 TO NIS 2,500 A MONTH, AND THE GENERAL UNION OF
TEACHERS HAS THREATENED TO RESUME THE STRIKE SHOULD THE PA
FAIL TO PAY THE BALANCE OF THIS MONTH'S SALARY BY NOVEMBER
20. UNDER THE TERMS OF THE NOVEMBER 6 AGREEMENT, ALL BACK
PAY SHOULD BE PAID THROUGH A SERIES OF FOUR TRANCHED
PAYMENTS, STARTING IN JANUARY 2007.

3. (SBU) PA MINISTER OF PLANNING SAMIR ABU AISHA TOLD THE
MA'AN NEWS AGENCY NOVEMBER 10 THAT A PROPOSAL SIMILAR TO THAT
ACCEPTED BY THE TEACHERS HAD BEEN OFFERED TO THE FEDERATION
OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS' UNION, BUT HEALTH WORKERS DID NOT
REPLY AND CONTINUE TO STRIKE.

WALLES

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