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Refugee Department condemns UNRWA for dismissing contract workers

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WEST BANK, Department of Refugee Affairs in the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, condemned the decision to terminate

the contract employees working with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the West Bank.

The movement’s position came in light of the dismissal of 130 contract employees of UNRWA staff in the West Bank.

The department charged that this decision affects one of UNRWA’s functions, as it is responsible for finding work for the Palestinian refugees at a time the number of university graduates is increasing amidst a lack of employment opportunities.

The department called on UNRWA to strive to provide the necessary funds to carry out its work in accordance with its mandate by the United Nations, stressing that there is no excuse for UNRWA officials to reduce services under the pretext of the reduction in donor funding.

It added that the continuation of the budget deficit will lead the refugees to make serious changes to this “laggard” administration, according to the statement.

The department called on UNRWA headquarters to rationalize spending millions on foreign staff, and to replace most of them by Palestinian staff who receive a third of foreign employees’ wages.

The department called on the People’s Committee of the refugees in the Gaza Strip to carry out a protest in front of the agency’s headquarters in Gaza city on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 11am, to protest the dismissal decision.

Source : Palestine Info Center

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