Airport workers held one-hour strike for better working conditions, allowances



Hundreds of workers at Kuwait’s international airport held a one-hour strike yesterday to demand better working conditions, threatening to stage longer walkouts in the coming days. Ahmed Mohammed Al-Kandari, a union representative, said workers were calling for improved treatment and to be compensated for daily exposure to pollution and noise. The right to strike is guaranteed for citizens in Kuwait, but such actions remain rare in the country. Foreign workers do not have the right to strike.

Yesterday’s strike by Kuwaiti staff did not affect flights, officials said.Kandari said the purpose of the strike was not to disrupt operations but “to make our voices heard”. He added that Kuwaiti workers would hold a further two-hour strike tomorrow and a 24-hour strike on Sunday if their demands are not met.-K.T.