Striking UNRWA worker hospitalized

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — UNRWA warehouse workers in Jerusalem remain on strike demanding better wages, and said Monday that one of the hunger strikers was hospitalized early in the day.

Spokesman for the workers Jamal Jabir told Ma’an the man was taken to the Al-Maqasid Hospital in Jerusalem, noting that six others had required treatment during the course of their strike.

As part of the strike, Jabir said, locals in cooperation with popular committees shut down the UNRWA office in the Deheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem on Monday and obstructed the bus which transports employees from Bethlehem to Jerusalem.

Employees were prevented from taking the bus to work.

Twenty-two workers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood warehouse for the UN refugee agency began a hunger strike on 30 march, demanding better wages.

An initial threat to strike saw wages 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.

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