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Kuwaiti customs workers start strike, disrupting port

Industrial action expected to disrupt operations at Gulf state's ports

Kuwaiti customs workers start strike, disrupting port
The workers union has called for intervention from Kuwaits prime minister himself.

Customs workers in Kuwait are striking for the second time since October, disrupting operations at ports, border crossings and the airport, a customs union official said.

About 3,600 employees stopped work earlier today and “won’t step down until the prime minister himself intervenes to meet our demands,” Fahaad Al-Ajmi, a union board member, said by phone from the northwestern Salmi border point. The action is over pay and benefits.

Kuwait is the fourth-largest producer in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and pumped 2.67mbarrels a day in February, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Customs officials went on strike for two days in October.

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