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Kuwait oil workers' strike 'inevitable': union
February 4, 2014, 11:03 am

Kuwait’s oil workers are threatening to go on strike over a pay dispute, according to a report by Kuwait Times newspaper.

In a statement released via social media website Twitter, the Kuwait Oil Workers Union said talks with Oil Minister Ali Al Omair and state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation on Monday had “failed” after the government rejected the union’s demands.

A strike was now “inevitable”, the union said, but added any industrial action was not imminent.

The dispute also involves the payment of bonuses, the report added. Until late last year, KPC had paid employees a bonus according to the profits made above projections.

KPC claims the payments were exceeding the maximum allowed under Kuwaiti law.

Al Omair is expected to outline a contingency plan in the case of a strike on Tuesday, the newspaper said.

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