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Strikes leave 50 ships abandoned off Kuwaiti coast

Workers demanding pay rise escalate their strike to 24 hours on Sunday, disrupting the lucrative shipping industry

Strikes leave 50 ships abandoned off Kuwaiti coast

More than 50 ships remained stranded off the coast of Kuwait on Sunday as port workers continued a multi-day strike, according to Arab Times.

Workers down tools for 24 hours on Sunday, escalating the impact from the previous days when they had stopped work for two hours on Thursday, four hours on Friday and six on Saturday, the chairman of the union representing workers at Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA), Abdullah Al Sarheed, was quoted as saying.

“We are waiting for the director general of KPA Sheikh Yousef Al Abdullah to make the initiative to communicate with the workers to settle their financial dues,” he said.

Strikes over pay at Kuwait’s ports have been common in recent years, with workers arguing for as much as 35 percent increase on wages that have not been boosted since 1977.

Kuwait is the only Gulf state that legally allows strikes.

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