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27-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Kuwait Airways employees and customs unions set to end strike

Kuwaiti trade unions are likely to suspend their strike today and engage in direct talks with the government to discuss their demands, sources here said.

Kuwait Airways Union and the Customs Union were to hold separate meetings yesterday evening to discuss the latest developments on what has been achieved so far, Al Aan, a non-governmental news agency reported.

A number of members of parliament (MPs) have met with the heads of unions, seeking a temporary suspension of the strike. Sources familiar with the upcoming meeting say members of both unions are in favour of suspending the strike temporarily.

The union could not announce the suspension until the general assembly meeting that was scheduled for yesterday night. The government has earlier insisted that there will be no negotiations unless the strike is stopped. Kuwait Airways employees and customs unions set to end strike

After political intervention, workers let in containers via border

By Ralph Diesta, Special to Gulf News Published: 00:00 March 21, 2012 Gulf News

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A shopper walks by empty shelves at a market in Salmiya, Kuwait

Image Credit: AP A shopper walks by empty shelves at a market in Salmiya, Kuwait, on Monday. Store shelves at some supermarkets were empty as striking customs workers refused to allow trucks to cross the border.

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Kuwait City: Kuwaiti trade unions are likely to suspend their strike today and engage in direct talks with the government to discuss their demands, sources here said.

Kuwait Airways Union and the Customs Union were to hold separate meetings yesterday evening to discuss the latest developments on what has been achieved so far, Al Aan, a non-governmental news agency reported.

A number of members of parliament (MPs) have met with the heads of unions, seeking a temporary suspension of the strike. Sources familiar with the upcoming meeting say members of both unions are in favour of suspending the strike temporarily.

The union could not announce the suspension until the general assembly meeting that was scheduled for yesterday night. The government has earlier insisted that there will be no negotiations unless the strike is stopped.

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The ongoing strike by the customs union for a week had paralysed the country, with many products/goods still barred from entering Kuwait, causing some commodity prices to shoot up.

Stock in supermarkets

Food products were eventually allowed after some MPs intervened. More than 90 trailers loaded with foodstuff were allowed to enter the country. Since yesterday, some supermarkets have slowly started receiving items from the central fruit and vegetable market [Alforda Market] located in Sulaibiya area.

"We need customers to buy our products. We have more than enough [supplies] this time," Samir Al Shami, property and administration manager, said.

"We have about 120 containers in our parking space waiting to be cleared. Containers started arriving Sunday evening, then it continues until today and inshallah will not be interrupted anymore. Stocks will be distributed and we are now calling customers/suppliers to come forward and take what they need," he added.

 

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