UNRWA, unions meet in effort to end strike
Published Thursday 23/01/2014 (updated) 24/01/2014 22:37
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Department of Refugee Affairs on Thursday hosted a meeting between the UN Palestine refugee agency's administration and representatives of its Palestinian unions.
UNRWA's administration and unions met in an effort to end an ongoing strike that has kept schools closed for nearly two months and severely limited provisions of basic services to Palestinian refugee camps.
The general director of the Department of Refugee Affairs told Ma'an that the Palestinian Authority had adopted an initiative penned by the Ministry of Labor to end the strike.
Ahmad Hannoun said that the PA was waiting on a response from UNRWA General Commissioner Filippo Grandi, without providing further details.
The strike will continue until an official response is received, Hannoun said.
The director of UNRWA's West Bank operations, Filipe Sanchez, has already accepted the initiative, according to a statement from the Department of Refugee Affairs.
UNRWA is the UN agency originally set up in 1949 to ensure 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.