UNRWA Staff Union strike ends

11 February 2014: Palestinian employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) had been on strike for over two months in protest of low salaries and UNRWA policies regarding employees who are detained by the Israeli military.  Ongoing protests across the Palestinian territories have targeted UNRWA after layoffs and service reductions.  On 30 January, the Gaza Area Staff Union reach a “framework agreement” with UNRWA.  On 6 February, the West Bank Area Staff Union and UNRWA signed a “framework document” to “form the basis for constructive discussions and mutually agreed implementation of measures to improve the conditions of service of staff, and the quality of services to refugees.”

See below for a history of articles following the strike over recent months.

6 February 2014: UNRWA Staff Union Strike in West Bank Ends [UNRWA statement]

6 February 2014: PM brokers deal to end UNRWA strike [MA’AN News Agency]

6 February 2014: Agreement Reached Between UNRWA and Employees Ends 65-Day Strike [Wafa News]

7 February 2014: U.N. refugee workers end West Bank strike [Al Arabiya News]

30 January 2014: UNRWA employees in Gaza suspend protests [MA’AN News Agency]

29 January 2014: ITUC Calls for Palestinian Relief Agency to Negotiate End to Strike [ITUC-CSI]

27 January 2014: UNRWA: More talks after union ends strike [MA’AN News Agency]

27 January 2014: UNRWA: no negotiations with striking workers  [Alternative Information Centre]

20 January 2014: U.N. Dispute Brings West Bank Differences to the Fore [New York Times]

18 January 2014: Garbage and resentment piling up in West Bank refugee camps [Haaretz]

12 January 2014: Palestinian police clash with backers of striking U.N. agency workers [Los Angeles Times]

12 January 2014: UNRWA strike sparks clashes in West Bank [The Times of Israel]

10 January 2014: UNRWA employees continue hunger strike [MA’AN News Agency]

9 January 2014: UNRWA Refuses To Increase Striking Workers’ Salaries [IMEMC]

6 January 2014: Protests in Bethlehem as UNRWA hunger striker taken to hospital [MA’AN News Agency]

4 January 2014: UNRWA employees in Gaza to strike Sunday [MA’AN News Agency]

2 January 2014: 3 UNRWA employees hospitalized while on hunger strike [MA’AN News Agency]

26 December 2013: Calls made to Resolve Strike of UNRWA Employees [Wafa News]

10 December 2013: UNRWA employees in Gaza stage partial strike [MA’AN News Agency]

8 December 2013: Palestinian Refugees On Losing Side Of UN Budget Crunch [OPB]

22 November 2013: UNRWA staff protests against low salaries, funding [MA’AN News Agency]

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