UNRWA local employees to go on strike in Gaza in January
Published Tuesday 24/12/2013 13:18
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The union of Arab employees of the UN's Palestine refugee Agency UNRWA in Gaza announced Tuesday that all local workers would go on a general strike beginning January 5, 2014.
A spokesperson of the union said in a news conference in Gaza City on Tuesday that the agency's administration, namely the bureau of the commissioner-general, is responsible for the consequences of the crisis "which resulted from the unjust policy against employees in the Gaza Strip."
Earlier this week the union threatened to carry out further protests and could potentially halt final exams in all schools affiliated to the agency in the Gaza Strip.
A spokesperson for the union said the protests were against the lack of attention paid to local employees' demands, including salary improvements and resumption of services that the UNRWA has reduced.
A two-hour strike was staged in UN-affiliated institutions across the Gaza Strip Tuesday morning. In addition, schools will go on strike after the third class.
UNRWA is the UN agency originally set up in 1949 to ensure for relief and development for the Palestinian refugees expelled from what became the State of Israel in 1948.
Today, the agency provides health care, education, social services, and other forms of aid to nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees.