The Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah held an emergency session in Ramallah on Monday in response to the escalating crisis between the Palestinian Authority and the civil servan’ts union.
Read news report: Maan News, “West Bank Palestinian lawmakers call emergency PLC session to address labor crisis,” 7 April 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28650.
The conflict between the PA and the civil servants have come to concern the very right to strike and involves a demand to reverse an executive order that allows the Palestinian high court to force striking workers back to their jobs.
Read news report: Maan News: “Palestinian Authority locked in confrontation with employees over right to strike,” 6 April 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28637.
The strike has been interpreted by some as an attempt by Fatah to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to include Fatah members in the cabinet.
Read news report: Reuters, “Palestinian civil servants challenge PM Fayyad,” Yahoo News, 4 April 2008,
Fatah has reportedly been critical towards Fayyad’s cabinet and has resisted many aspects of his reform efforts.
Read commentary: Mohammed Yaghi, “Fayad’s Reform Plan: Difficulties and Political Implications,”
PolicyWatch #1353, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 12 March 2008, http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=2729.