Kuwaiti workers’ victory


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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Kuwaiti airline staff return to after securing 30% pay boost

Tuesday 25 October 2011

State-owned Kuwait Airways Corporation employees returned to work today after a minister agreed to boost their pay by 30 per cent.

Members of the 4,000-strong KAC Workers Union (KWU) kicked off open-ended strike action on Monday in the face of the government’s failure to deliver a 30 per cent boost which it had promised to all public-sector staff.

The walkout forced managers to cancel or delay about half of KAC flights.

Acting Minister of Communications Saleh al-Athaina announced today that he had reached an agreement with the KWU union to increase the workers’ pay by 30 per cent within one month.

Services reportedly returned to normal.

Kuwait has been hit with a wave of industrial unrest in recent weeks.

A strike by 3,000 customs workers this month threatened to disrupt oil supplies in the Opec member state.

The workers returned to their posts after officials pledged to boost their pay.

Thousands of Egyptian police continued a national strike for a second consecutive day today to demand improved pay and a purge of former regime officials from senior security posts: here.

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    Egypt: Industrial action and state crackdown

    There are ongoing strikes by workers in public transport, factories and universities, air freight and other sectors across Egypt demanding better pay, and to purge sectors of top management associated with the former regime, according to Ahram Online.

    Around 3,000 workers protested for a second day outside the interior ministry headquarters in Cairo and “thousands more are staging pickets outside police stations around the country.”

    Ahram Online reported, “Hundreds of employees at the Ministry of Petroleum have penetrated the steel barricades set up by Central Security Forces (CSF) at the entrance to People’s Assembly Street, repositioning their protest to the Cabinet’s offices on Tuesday.”

    The protests called for permanent contracts as had been pledged. Some of the demonstrators had been working for over five years without fixed contracts. “The protest has seen some clashes between the Ministry of Interior’s security personnel and demonstrators,” the report concluded.

    Daily News Egypt reported, “Hundreds of workers from different sectors protested Sunday in front of Cabinet voicing a range of social and financial demands. Workers from the Egypt-Iran Yarn and Textile Company have had a sit-in in front of the Cabinet since Thursday, calling for the dismissal of Samy Abou Shady, the managing director of the company, as well as Mohsen El-Gilany, its president.”

    Abdel Mohsen Abdel Aziz, one of the protesting workers, said, “They robbed and squandered the company’s funds. And they give us our salaries in instalments and deduct half of our bonuses for themselves.”

    Khaled El-Gilany, another worker, explained that the administration also closed down the medical department to punish them. “They closed it on Oct. 4, although it used to serve more than 600 workers,” he said.

    Al Masry Al Youm on October 24 reported on the call being made by teachers for a mass protest this Saturday to demand the dismissal of Minister of Education Ahmed Gamal Eddin Moussa and a purge of “the educational system of corrupt figures”.

    The report said, “The Egyptian Teachers Union refused to attend next week’s meeting called for by the Ministry of Education, aimed at convincing teachers to cancel the demonstration and look into ways to achieve their demands.”

    Teachers have been calling, since the ousting of Mubarak, for an increase in the education budget.

    Dozens of protesting teachers were met with tear gas October 23 in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef, “as security forces tried to prevent them from breaking into the provincial government headquarters,” according to Egypt.com.

    An estimated 500 substitute teachers closed the Corniche road on the Nile, demanding equal pay with colleagues in other governorates who have signed new contracts.

    “Some teachers stormed the governorate’s office and smashed its glass front after a meeting with Governor Maher Baibars, whom they said had failed to fulfill an earlier promise to ask Egypt’s education minister for new contracts for them. Central Security Forces cordoned off the building during the protest,” said Egypt.com.

    Teachers’ strikes have taken place in a number of governorates with a demand for higher bonuses and permanent contracts. Recent strikes also coincided with the start of the new school year in mid-September.

    Israeli medical interns protest, nurses walk out

    On October 24, hundreds of medical interns demonstrated outside the Tel Aviv Museum in response to the Israel National Labour Court decision to forbid them from collectively resigning.

    “Protesters waved signs and called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who acts as health minister, to solve the current crisis in the wake of stalled negotiations between the interns and the government,” reported Ha’aretz.

    “Professional doctors, medical students, and family members also came to the event, showing their support for the protesting interns. Social workers and psychologists also joined the protest against what they see as poor work conditions.

    “During the demonstration, the Israel Medical Association announced that it would not hesitate to call for an elongated national strike for all medical students if forthright government measures are not taken in order to solve the crisis.”

    Walkouts took place earlier this month by medical interns over a nine-year agreement reached in August between the Israel Medical Association and the government on the doctors’ terms of employment, particularly the long duration of the pact. They are seeking wage concessions as well as changes to provisions related to on-call night shifts at hospitals by young specialist physicians.

    Meanwhile, around 30 nurses at Wolfson Medical Centre in Holon walked out of their units in the hospital October 24, in protest at overcrowding in their departments.

    The Jerusalem Post said “the nurses union has declared a labour dispute at the hospital and in another nine days will be able to hold a strike in the entire hospital, Israel Radio reported.”

    Protest at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour

    On October 17, the Arab Times reported, “Inspectors at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour continued their protest action Monday, as most of them stayed in their offices and refused to carry out their inspection duties outside.”

    The protesters are demanding privileges granted to their counterparts in other government departments, especially the Kuwait Municipality.

    Strike at Kuwait Airways suspended by union

    “Workers at Kuwait Airways suspended strike action earlier this week after an agreement was reached between management, government and the union,” said a report of October 26 by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

    Workers began their strike October 24 in protest over the company executive board’s attempts to derail an agreement “set to give employees the same benefits as other public sector employees.

    “A day later, however, both the minister of transport and the chief executive officer of the airline signed an agreement with the union. As a result, the strike was called off.”

    The ITF statement said the agreement “meets 70 percent of the union’s demands; the remaining 30 percent is still being considered.”

    Earlier this month, 3,000 customs employees stopped work for two days demanding a pay rise, but called off the strike after government promises to meet their demands.

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    Sit-in protest by laid-off Royal Jordanian airlines staff

    A sit-in took place this week in front of Hosing Bank mall by staff laid off at Royal Jordanian airlines.

    According to Ammon News, the workers “threatened to stage an open sit-in in front of the Interior square (Jamal Abd Al Nassir square) if their demands are not met.”

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