Education ministry warns teachers against strike

Public school teachers demonstrate in front of a ministry of education office on the first day of the new academic year in the West Bank city of Hebron September 2, 2006. Tens of thousands of Palestinian government employees went on strike in the West Bank and Gaza on Saturday in protest against unpaid salaries and the perceived failings of the Hamas-led government. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun (WEST BANK) - RTR1GWVF

RAMALLAH, October 4, 2016 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Education warned on Tuesday hundreds of public school teachers that they could be dismissed from work if they go on strike over salary issues.

The ministry said in a statement that it will consider deducting any strike day from the salaries and may also resort to dismissing striking teachers and replacing them by teachers who are waiting to get a job in the ministry.

The Palestinian Authority and the Teachers Union reached an agreement in February ending weeks of strike demanding better salaries and guarantee of teachers’ rights.

Some teachers who were not happy with the deal and formed what is known as Teachers’ Movement are calling for strike in schools until the government meets all their demands, particularly those dealing with cost of living increments.