UNRWA employees in Gaza stage partial strike
Published Tuesday 10/12/2013 (updated) 11/12/2013 13:29
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip staged a partial strike on Tuesday, a member of the employees' union told Ma'an.
Medical centers affiliated to the UNRWA were shut down from 8 a.m to 9.30 a.m., said Suheil al-Hindi, a member of the union of UNRWA employees.
He added that Gaza schools run by the agency would go on strike after the third class as well.
The protest, he explained, is meant to exert pressure on the agency's administration to urge them to adhere to an agreement the agency signed with the union of employees.
According to the agreement, employees are scheduled to receive a salary increase for the first time in two years.
Employees also urged the UN agency to reimburse them over the wage loss caused by the currently low exchange rates of the US dollar, which negatively effects their salaries.
Al-Hindi also urged the UNRWA to reemploy 95 engineers who were discharged under the pretext that their contracts expired because construction material isn't available in the coastal enclave.
The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.
The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.