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UNRWA's Palestinian employees go on strike

February 10, 2014 at 11:23 am

Palestinian employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are due to begin a strike on Tuesday morning unless the agency answers to their demands, their union has announced. “The union’s decision to go on an indefinite strike is the last resort to achieve our rights and an appropriate response to UNRWA’s intransigence in refusing to deal with our legitimate demands,” a statement said on Sunday.

According to the union, the UNRWA management has been “determined to violate workers’ rights” despite proposals to solve the dispute. The union’s proposals take into account the current social and economic circumstances affecting its members.

“Despite our willingness to deal positively with any constructive suggestions,” said the union statement, “and despite announcing the dispute a month ago, what has been offered to us does not fulfil the minimum of our demands or answer our ambition as workers.” The strike, added the spokesperson, will be open-ended until the demands are met.