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Not all PA civil servants in Gaza want jobs back

Around 3,000 public servants in Gaza are scheduled to return to their government posts as part of the April reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, providing more opportunities for the unemployed — but some of them prefer their second jobs.
Palestinian employees, who fear they would not be paid by the new emergency government formed by President Mahmoud Abbas, attend a protest in Gaza July 3, 2007. At least 23,000 employees who had been appointed since March 2006 by then Hamas-led government fear they will not be on the government's payroll for Wednesday, Palestinian officials said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA) - RTR1RES0
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Fatah and Hamas have agreed to allow 3,000 employees from the Palestinian Authority (PA) who were abstaining from work to return to their duties at the various ministries in Gaza. But this agreement has raised grave concerns among the employees, who fear losing the side work that has provided them additional streams of income over the past seven years.

Following Hamas’ military takeover of Gaza in June 2007, the PA ordered its employees in all government and security institutions of the Gaza Strip to completely stop work, but said they would continue receiving their salaries.

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