Palestina - Sackings and strikes at UN agency (2010)

On 5 and 14 February, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s (UNRWA) employees went on strike demanding pay increases similar to Palestinian Authority and UN workers in other countries. In April, following internal trade union elections involving around 10,000 workers, management warned it may fire employees who violated the organisation’s non-partisan policy. In late June, 312 workers from the West Bank were fired. In response, large numbers of workers protested, with the support of the Palestinan General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), and nearly 16,000 held a one-day strike. An agreement was finally reached in December.

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