UNRWA employees in Gaza to strike Sunday
Published Saturday 04/01/2014 (updated) 05/01/2014 09:44
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian workers' union of the UN agency for Palestine refugees announced a strike set for Sunday in Gaza to protest the agency's dismissal of workers and its refusal to increase salaries.
Union official Yousef Hamdounah told Ma'an that a general strike was scheduled for Sunday, and that further protests would be carried out against the agency's administration in the coming days.
Open strike is a possibility as well, Hamdounah said.
He said UNRWA had not given any answer to the union's demands to raise pay and rehire the employees it recently laid off.
The union is scheduled hold a press conference in Gaza City near the UNRWA office, he added.
UNRWA is the UN agency originally set up in 1949 to ensure relief and development for the Palestinian refugees expelled from what became Israel in 1948.
Today, the agency provides health care, education, social services, and other forms of aid to nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees.