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Kuwaiti Customs Workers Start Strike, Disrupting Port Operations

March 13, 2012

Customs workers in Kuwait are striking for the second time since October, disrupting operations at ports, border crossings and the airport, a customs union official said.

About 3,600 employees stopped work earlier today and “won’t step down until the prime minister himself intervenes to meet our demands,” Fahaad Al-Ajmi, a union board member, said by phone from the northwestern Salmi border point. The action is over pay and benefits.

Kuwait is the fourth-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and pumped 2.67 million barrels a day in February, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Customs officials went on strike for two days in October.

To contact the reporters on this story: Fiona MacDonald in Kuwait at Dahlia Kholaif in Kuwait at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at

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