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Israel starts ground offensive in Shujaiyya, Beit Hanoun, Khan Younis
UNRWA employees in Gaza suspend protests
Published Thursday 30/01/2014 (updated) 31/01/2014 20:47
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Employees of the UN agency for Palestine refugees suspended their strike after reaching a framework agreement with the agency's commissioner-general, a union official told Ma'an.

Palestinian UNRWA union chief Suheil al-Hindi told Ma'an that all protests and strike actions were suspended after signing a framework agreement with UNRWA's administration.

Joint committees will be created and tasked with reaching a final agreement on several disputed issues, al-Hindi said without elaborating.

He said that in the meantime, UNRWA's commissioner-general Filippo Grandi pledged that there would be no changes to small fund projects without consulting the Palestinian unions.

An UNRWA spokesperson was unable to be reached for comment.

Grandi said Sunday he was willing to hold constructive negotiations with the Palestinian union once its strike ended.

He said in a letter to Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah that "once the union strike ends, and the services of the agency fully resume in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the agency's administration will be ready to start negotiations in a constructive way."

Palestinian UNRWA employees have been on strike for over two months in protest of low salaries and UNRWA policies regarding employees who are detained by the Israeli military.

Last Thursday, UNRWA's administration and unions met in an effort to end the strike, which has kept schools closed and severely limited provisions of basic services to Palestinian refugee camps.

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.
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1 ) Mel / USA
31/01/2014 19:56
O happy,humane day,soon,when a UNITED,CONTIGUOUS,PLURALISTIC Palestinian state,defined by its pre-67 borders at least,will be FREE of Zionist occupation & able to say to UNRWA,"Thanks for your help,but now we're free citizens,self-sustaining,proudly educated&employed,paid fairly & SOVEREIGN in our statehood,no longer needing small US HANDOUTS in exchange for MASSIVE,HUMAN COST&LOSS!".Palestinian civilian endurance is AWESOME & it "shall overcome". You're on the WRONG bus D.C.!

2 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
01/02/2014 01:28
#1 Mel: "67 Bordees":No such thing.Yoi confuse "1949 Armistice Line"with a "border" if you make such an extremely basic mistake perhaps you should educate yourself before involving yourself in the fomestic affairs of other nations. As for a fictitous " Occupation," you cannot "Occupy" land that has been legally allocated to you- to say nothing of YOUR nation " Occupying"Samoa, Guam, the Marshall Islamds and so on.Look a bit closer to home and THEN worry about Israel.
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