UNRWA Agrees Temporary Deal to End Gaza Workers’ Protests

UNRWA employees who were to be forced into retirement or see their contracts come to an end this month can continue working in September under the terms of a deal agreed between labor unions and the UN body.

The labor union representing UNRWA employees said today:

Workers who were to receive part-time contracts will continue to work full time in September.

During this period further talks will be held to set up permanent solutions for these employees.

UNRWA has faced protests for over a month since it announced its to dismiss 13 percent of its emergency program workers, move 57 percent on to part-time contracts, and the rest on to temporary contracts which end later this year means job insecurity. Around 1,000 employees working in emergency programs are threatened with dismissal by the end of this year.

The UN body has been suffering from a severe budget deficit which has been exacerbated by America’s freeze on aid to Palestine since the start of 2018 when President Donald Trump’s administration declared an internal review of its policy.

The president also announced that $65 million would be withheld from UNRWA, the UN body that provides education, healthcare, and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and occupied East Jerusalem, as well as those Palestinians living in neighboring Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

Source: Palestine Chronicle