Strike closes all UNRWA schools in Gaza Strip

[ 29/09/2011 – 01:04 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– A strike by the Arab staff union has closed down all UN Relief Works Agency schools across the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

The measure was triggered by UNRWA’s termination of the union’s chairman Suhail al-Hindi over his participation in some of the union’s functions attended by leaders from the Hamas party, which governs the Gaza Strip.

The union of Arab staff at UNRWA’s schools previously told media outlets that industrial action aimed at pressuring UNRWA’s administration to reverse the decision would be more intense than past efforts, which included partial strikes.

Some 222,000 are registered to study in UNRWA’s schools in the Gaza Strip.

The union declared on Wednesday that sister unions in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank would stage sit-ins Thursday outside UNRWA headquarters in those locations.

Many government and union parties have tried to intervene in the decision to dismiss Hindi but UNRWA stubbornly refused to negotiate, said the union’s secretary-general Yousef Hamdouna.

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