KUWAITI oil unions face a ban after members went on strike yesterday over government cuts to pay and other benefits.
Thousands of workers gathered for demonstrations at the start of the local working week in the town of Ahmadi, headquarters of the state-run Kuwait Oil Company.
Kuwait Oil Company Workers’ Union spokesman Adel al-Fadhel said workers opted to picket after government officials failed to meet the union’s demands to spare salaries and benefits from cuts.
The changes are seen as part of a broader attack on workers’ living standards amid the current slump in world oil prices.
“The government rejected our proposals and is adamant on decreasing employee salaries,” Mr Fadhel said. “This is not acceptable.”
But authorities have meanwhile taken steps to dissolve the oil-sector unions and have directed the prosecutor general to investigate their leaders.