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Talks aim to bring Kuwait strikes to a close

Customs union official says discussions planned before parliament debates issue on Mar 23

Talks aim to bring Kuwait strikes to a close
Strikes have disrupted operations at Kuwait Airways. (AFP/Getty Images)

Workers in Kuwait’s customs and
at Kuwait Airways Corp will discuss suspending their strike
before parliament holds a special session March 23 to debate their
demands, a customs union official said on Tuesday.

“If a
suspension is agreed upon, it would only be to assuage pressure on
lawmakers and enable them to speak on our behalf” in the session, Fahaad
al-Ajmi, a union board member, said by phone. The stoppage is over pay
and benefits.

Operations
at Kuwait’s ports, border crossings and the airport were disrupted
starting March 13 when about 3,600 customs workers stopped work.

A number of
Kuwait Airways flights were canceled after staff went on strike two
days ago. The strike is the second by customs workers since October.

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