By Elizabeth Broomhall
Govt workers want allowances and equality plus pay rises
Labour unions representing government workers in
Kuwait have announced plans to launch a two-hour strike on Monday 19 March, the
Kuwait Times has reported.
The announcement made by Ajmi Al-Mutalaqqem, vice
president of the National Union of Kuwait’s Workers and Employees, said workers
were protesting about unpaid financial allowances.
The action, which follows a sit-in staged by the
Kuwait Trade Union Federation (KTUF) last week, comes in spite of government
announcements to increase pay to state workers by between 20 and 40 percent.
Unions say the pay rises fall short of employees’
demands, which include additional allowances and equality among workers.
The Civil Service Commission(CSC) is expected to
discuss employees’ demands during a meeting on Monday.