Kuwait: Fuel station employees stage protest, demand delayed salaries

Kuwait City: On Tuesday, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) fuel station employees staged an organized protest after claiming that their salaries have been delayed for four months, Al Qabas reported.

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The protests occurred throughout the state-owned fuel stations across the country, starting in the southern gas stations.

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With over 120 fuel stations across the country, the strike affected many people as it was reported that there were long lines and traffic at most KNPC owned fueling stations.

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A few hours after the protest, the oil company released a statement on Twitter stating that, “Kuwait National Petroleum Company apologizes to its esteemed clients for the inconvenience in a number of its petrol stations, due to the delay of the contracting company responsible for the employees of these stations in paying their salaries”.

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While many were discontent with the chaos that occurred due to the strike, several people urged the relevant authorities to protect the workers’ rights.

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This is not the first time that fuel station employees have staged a protest. Back in 2016, thousands of members of the Kuwait and Oil and Petrochemical Industries Union workers staged a three-day strike. The protest came after the government was planning on cutting the workers benefits and wages.

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