UNRWA workers in Jordan go on strike

AMMAN, The staffers of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Jordan announced plan for starting a worker strike as from tomorrow, Sunday, in protest at low pay.

The strike involves all staffers of the three sectors of education, healthcare and works, according to a joint press release from the trade unions of UNRWA Jordan Field Office.

It also involves the staffers of the small financing fund, the Field Office and vocational training center, guards and drivers, the statement said.

The workers held the UN agency responsible for the recent layoffs, and the deterioration and suspension of health, educational and social services offered to the Palestinian refugees.

Yesterday, the workers, demanding USD 280 pay increase, turned down an offer of USD 70 hike from the agency’s Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl.

UNRWA employs nearly 7,000 workers to serve nearly 2.5 million refugees who represent 42 percent of the total Palestinian diaspora.

Source: Kuwait News Agency