Friday, Aug. 23
Latest News
  1. Palestinian goverment: 26 million in development of ministries
  2. Rudeineh: Washington us unable to achieve anything by itself
  3. US: “No plan for unilateral annexation by Israel of the West Bank"
  4. Cluster of incendiary balloons land in southern Israel
  5. Palestinian FM condemns Germany's vote to define BDS as 'anti-Semitic'
  6. Israeli forces forcibly evict Muslim worshipers from Al-Aqsa
  7. Israeli forces detain 14-year-old Palestinian near Ramallah
  8. Erekat: Deviation from peace terms of reference doomed to fail
  9. Iceland's Hatari shocks Eurovision with Palestinian flags
  10. UNRWA: 4 Palestinian children killed in attack on Syria refugee camp

UNRWA employees union announces series of strikes in occupied Palestinian territory

Oct. 25, 2016 7:26 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2016 10:15 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The union for local employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced on Tuesday that a series of protests would take place in the occupied Palestinian territory after talks with UNRWA reached an impasse.

A joint committee representing the unions of employees from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip said in a statement that the UNRWA headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as all main offices and regional offices in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, would be completely closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

The statement added that UNRWA employees in the health sector would also go on a two-hour strike on Nov. 2, and that all UNRWA-affiliated schools in the West Bank and Gaza would go on a two-hour strike on Nov. 3.

Further protests will be announced in the next few days, the committee said.

The joint committee blamed UNRWA's administration, for the failure of talks to resolve issues with local employees, saying that UNRWA's “superiority and arrogance” was rejected by Palestinians who would “continue to protect the agency which they are loyal to, and which is a major witness to the suffering of Palestinian refugees."

A spokesperson for UNRWA could not be reached for comment.

While UNRWA has denied allegations in the past that the changes to refugee services were an attempt to develop more cost-effective procedures in order to alleviate a financial crisis in the agency, Palestinians have accused the agency of sacrificing the well-being of Palestinian refugees in order to make up for their financial strains.

The UNRWA union has staged strikes in August and September in the occupied Palestinian territories and neighboring countries to protest low salaries and staff shortages.

The head of a joint committee representing the union, Suheil al-Hindi, at the time accused the UNRWA administration of not filling in hundreds of vacant positions, claiming the UN agency "deliberately puts off hiring employees in order to win some time and save money at the expense of refugees."

Al-Hindi called the current relationship between UNRWA administration and the union "the worst ever," and said that the workers’ union would carry out more protests if UNRWA did not meet their demands.
Most Read
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015