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Kuwaiti port employees launch work stoppages

SOME 900 employees at the Kuwaiti ports of Shuaiba, Shuwaikh and Doha have launched a series of short stoppages over pay and conditions, after protesting that they have been on the same salary for over three decades. A spokesman for Kuwait National Petroleum said that oil exports had not been affected by the industrial action, which has hit only commercial rather than industrial operations. According to media reports from the region, port employees ceased work at 0730 hrs Monday morning, initially for two hours. It was then decided to stay out for a further two hours until 1130. A union representative told the Bloomberg news agency: “The protest will continue daily, for longer periods of time, until demands are met. I think everybody is on strike. We have had the same salary for 32 years.”

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