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Public sector strikes hit Kuwait

Issue No. 2274

A strike wave is shaking the regime in the oil-rich Gulf State of Kuwait.

Thousands of public sector workers have taken action over pay and working conditions. They include bank, factory and state airline workers.

The strikes broke out after state employees learned that oil workers had won wage rises of between 15 and 60 percent.

The state employs 80 percent of the 360,000 Kuwaiti-born workers.

The strikes have also involved some of the country’s 1.7 million foreign workers. Some were continuing as Socialist Worker went to press.

Kuwait’s rulers have tried to avoid the Arab uprisings spreading to its population.

In January the Emir paid every citizen grants and gave out food coupons.

But it hasn’t stopped resistance.

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Tue 18 Oct 2011, 18:59 BST
Issue No. 2274
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