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Palestinian Government Continues to Slash Public Wages

Palestinian Government Continues to Slash Public Wages

Monday, 28 September, 2020 - 07:00
Palestinian Authority employees queue to receive their salaries from an ATM in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in April 2012. Reuters file photo

The Palestinian Ministry of Finance and Planning announced Sunday that government employees will only receive 50 percent of their August salaries, for the fourth month in a row.

It said in a statement that employees with salaries below 1,750 shekels (USD488) will receive their full wages, while the rest will be paid at least 1,750 shekels or half their salaries, Reuters reported.

The government will pay the wages of employees in the health, security, and education sectors on Tuesday while the rest will get paid Wednesday.

In May, the Palestinian Authority (PA) refused to receive taxes collected by Israel.

Israel collects some USD190 million a month in customs duties levied on goods destined for Palestinian markets that transit through its ports.

This amount contributes to 50 percent of the state’s budget whose deficit reached USD1.4 billion as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The PA fell short of its financial pledges in May, June, and July through paying incomplete salaries.

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