Palestinian university staff on strike for better working conditions

Published September 29th, 2015 - 07:23 GMT

Palestinian university staff said Tuesday that they had decided to go on general strike for six days over the coming two weeks after the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education failed to meet their demands for better work conditions.

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) said in a statement that the strike would take place across all Palestinian universities on Sept. 30, Oct. 5-6, and Oct. 12-14. 

The federation called on the the Ministry of Education to meet their demands, saying they were in line with previous agreements.

The federation is demanding an amendment to the university career ladder, which it says is in line with an agreement signed in 2008 between the Council for Higher Education and the Palestinian Legislative Council.

It is also calling on the Ministry of Education to pay allowances to all universities, saying that the Palestinian cabinet has already approved this. 

The federation is also seeking, among other things, the adoption of a similar promotion system as well as salaries across all public universities, as well as health insurance for retired university staff and the exemption of employees' children from tuition fees.

The decision to go on strike was made at Palestine Technical College in Tulkarem in the presence of the heads of the university staff unions of an-Najah University, Hebron University, al-Quds Open University, Birzeit University, Bethlehem University, al-Quds University Abu Dis, Palestine Polytechnic University, the Islamic University in Gaza, the American University in Jenin and al-Aqsa University in Gaza.

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