UNRWA workers announce hunger strike

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of UNRWA warehouse workers began a demonstration in the refugee agency’s Sheikh Jarrah headquarters on Wednesday, saying a hunger strike had been initiated.

Spokesman for the workers, Jamal Jaber, told Ma’an that 22 men had started a hunger strike demanding better wages.

Jaber said the strike should have taken place a week ago but officials at UNRWA had asked for time to review the contracts of the men.

“We gave UNRWA until Tuesday to meet the demands,” Jaber said, but added the changes made were unacceptable.

Wages were raised $55 per month, but the work week was extended from 37 hours to 42, and overtime wages were canceled, which had earlier given workers $92 per hour, according to the spokesman.

“Two of the workers were fired,” Jaber added.

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