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State of Palestine: 13,000 UNRWA workers march through Gaza while on strike01:09

State of Palestine: 13,000 UNRWA workers march through Gaza while on strike

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Gaza
August 24, 2015 at 18:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thirteen thousand employees of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) went on a strike and took to the streets of Gaza city, Monday, to protest against overcrowding at UNRWA schools, unpaid vacations, downsizing, and postponing the academic year. According to the workers' union, there are over 50 children in each classroom, and employees have been urging the agency to reduce the maximum capacity to 38 before the school year started, but their demands were not met.

The march started at the UNRWA Headquarters and finished outside the Commissioner-General of UNESCO office in Gaza where protesters listened to talks and waved placards. This is considered one of the biggest strikes in Gaza to date.

As a result of the strike, over 220,000 students had to go home from school despite the official school year starting on Monday.

State of Palestine: 13,000 UNRWA workers march through Gaza while on strike01:09
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Thirteen thousand employees of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) went on a strike and took to the streets of Gaza city, Monday, to protest against overcrowding at UNRWA schools, unpaid vacations, downsizing, and postponing the academic year. According to the workers' union, there are over 50 children in each classroom, and employees have been urging the agency to reduce the maximum capacity to 38 before the school year started, but their demands were not met.

The march started at the UNRWA Headquarters and finished outside the Commissioner-General of UNESCO office in Gaza where protesters listened to talks and waved placards. This is considered one of the biggest strikes in Gaza to date.

As a result of the strike, over 220,000 students had to go home from school despite the official school year starting on Monday.