OIL UNIONS in Kuwait ended a three-day strike over pay cuts in the state-owned industry yesterday, having won a pledge of no reprisals against workers.
The unions said the action showed their “ability to affect the production process.”
Kuwait Oil Company Workers’ Union spokesman Adel al-Fadhel said the state’s ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah had spoken to the head of one of the unions on Tuesday by telephone to confirm his support for the workers.
“His highness, the emir, intervened and guaranteed to preserve the rights of the workers according to the law,” he said.
Opposition parties warned over the weekend that the emirate’s government was moving to dissolve the oil sector unions and directing the prosecutor general to investigate their leaders.
“We’re glad to announce that the strike has succeeded in preserving the rights of the workers in the oil sector,” Mr Fadhel said.