UNRWA Workers’ Unions to sue agency over nonpayment

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AMMAN –– The General Conference of UNRWA Workers' Unions decided to file a case with the International Court of Justice in The Hague against the agency's administration, demanding financial compensation for the "psychological, moral and material damage (the employees) sustained due to the non-disbursement of their salaries until now".اضافة اعلان

In a statement on Monday, the general conference warned the agency's administration against maintaining the trend of delaying payment of wages, stressing that it would not accept this in December, "even for one day".
A union member said that UNRWA employees' salaries were never overdue before, describing the delay as a "serious precedent that has harmed the workers psychologically, economically, and morally”, not to mention “that it also damaged the agency's reputation".

The source, who preferred anonymity, said the agency's administration bears the responsibility for its inability to assess matters properly.

Many employees are indebted to banks, and the delay in paying their dues has negatively affected their credit record, he said, adding that banks withdrew the installments from the employees’ saving accounts.

Moreover, he said, the economic situation, "which we are all familiar with", forced many employees to borrow from others to put bread on the table for their families because of the salary delays, and this affects them psychologically and socially.

On Monday, the unions warned the agency's management that workers would hold general strike if the agency continues its current policies.

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