Ma'an News Agency
September 24, 2012 - 12:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority will go to the Supreme Court of Justice if the public transport workers union proceeds with strikes this week, a Palestinian minister said on Sunday.

The union has confirmed it will proceed with planned strikes this week after it was not satisfied by the government's response to their demands.

Workers will go on strike Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and all day Wednesday.

Minister of transportation Ali Zeidan Abu Zuhri told Ma’an on Sunday night that the government would file a complaint to the Supreme Court of Justice on Monday morning against the transport union if the union insists on striking.

He said the strike was illegal as under Palestinian law unions, only have the right to strike if the government "refuses to discuss the case."

"The government has already asked the union of transport workers to sit and address the crisis. The cabinet has already studied a number of their demands and formed committees to work on these demands," Abu Zuhri said.

The minister said it would be unacceptable for the union to strike just one day before President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, outlining his bid for Palestine to be a non-member state.

But the union leader in northern West Bank city Tulkarem, Muhammad Yasin, accused the Palestinian Authority of procrastination.

"By forming committees to study the union’s demands, the government is trying to waste time," he told Ma'an.

A series of public transport strikes ground the West Bank to a halt several times in September, amid wider demonstrations protesting the rising cost of living.


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