Palestinian Workers Stage Protest in response of new Payment Agreement for Work in Israeli Areas
On a daily basis, nearly 200,000 Palestinians are crossing into Israel for work...
Palestinians who are currently employed in Israel have staged a strike as they protest a decision made by the Israeli government to pay salaries directly to bank accounts and not in cash. The new payment system was agreed upon with the aim to be more efficient and secure when paying salaries. In a valid response, protestors claim that they fear hidden fees and taxes will now be cut into their wages.
On a daily basis, nearly 200,000 Palestinians are crossing into Israel for work and earn an average of more than twice as much as those employed in the Palestinian state. The workers tend to not have a bank account and the Palestinian Authority would benefit most by adding their salaries to the books.
Salaries are set to be paid weekly with bank fees set a $1/transfer under the new agreement. Nasri Abu Jeish, the Palestinian Labor Minister, claimed the arrangement was meant to protect workers and their rights. No taxes have been planned to be imposed for the new agreement.
So far, the representatives of the protestors said the decision has not been canceled and that protestors may soon escalate the protest to an open-ended strike.