Kuwait oil union WON’T cancel strike

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KUWAIT CITY: The oil workers union Saturday turned down an appeal from Kuwait’s acting oil minister to call off a total strike in protest at alleged pay cuts and to accept negotiations. Anas al-Saleh, in a statement cited by the offi-cial KUNA news agency, urged workers to “give priority to the public interest and resort to reason and wisdom by sitting at the negotiations table.” The union, however, immediately rejected the minister’s call as offering nothing new and said the strike will go ahead from Sunday morning. “The strike will go ahead as planned,” union chief Saif al-Qahtani told Agence France-Presse, holding oil companies and the minister responsible for the strike and the potential losses from it. The minister assured the workers there will be no reduction to their salaries and other benefits.

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