Kuwait Oil, Gas Workers End 3-Day Strike: Union

JFIF;CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 80 C   %# , #&')*)-0-(0%()(C   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( " }!1AQa"q2#BR$3br %&'()*456789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz w!1AQaq"2B #3Rbr $4%&'()*56789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz ?Ujl0*P kXE+D[6M^@zaHCc,e4kRl BsZrڨb2=-P rPֺ[l^|9+) hi]UĪZypgְnĿ!O(ԅ23ĂՋH]yF?5]# V)`MLM EP㨫*F<ǶFgP{-,)Ks9hu6>8*J]_`[ܣ1 Ǹ{yXXAZl5 梗jZ?KaY8?h9?l( oj e^!e ɻ ȦL+bhQ}jy^X ~XHVh1CFӀ>*24 -sL{JE4b1Mh}+e5FjXi-VVŞ]> ڒj$Dfi/jcHEx5mcV/j@g ڐfGj}@F(ZcӅFr"UUE[[EZiqW\$;Ut!{RN>hJv /$VȢQpyqP6zE~z$|/E$_7 g3r*>'SG7U+(9bv;Ob(\{?49?C[~!/!f"W!޳e{ˎrrzWUcJbWp@%Y=!n*'cU^5OrK Vr㸭lC-GsceVՇw(9~W89 U})rEQpq>#@HNkΖ}*Traޟ/ݘuKkiFCc^A\t,.uG bO֜?y2Kr$oά%j\Xz w&!>kW;T7irw=0E)LpWצ*Uehq/AkHX!? ӳ 㳊[A¸!wn?IԆgT,>ڀ+>:@=*qRc@vm\t5)HD;FxN>JSQLHJa}VQ(XڦY*zTXKF'օP:ITv2hWdqĤԶ2aԞj/R+1X~-j9cnu(bSb^w8$ ̕I4]ꠈ>k/lJ~kVEfV#^xFURz0WX7 Onh> y /#zTt1G}(8U؛gM28`c+.|6nn7OJV\|?AUgWN-[i.ÓWB9s"k2X 18hK5i\hYhSd-2i:DwSrr_0[)e'L ο\)Hg;tcAPI[+hO$Sɷ0(As*;n2EEuVnY-Ys ,ri#ֶ h9ȴȴ%.OֵVOoAA@8-įMN8ff3Zs\BJg+:# O,{mwlFHR_ga(Foj.bv ZRi-(-&YM_3h '5YV ([RjERBKmںp0fsx( kjıͷl޼]g;GzJ*UYs2OqԼk\HEق$F5Gž4-Xmшj9Ti=_me3Fn]N //Ľp(-v )*yp\,Rp ge)>\(G7],zl?Z0|ZQٽUc='EA:DG\N1'N]*t֌?ncǻ|_66\yޣlKiVQ:w\oVgC(uc?uiKG,p+B_?ޅ%֯gRm! 16mR6$ߟKT:- #}E|u{;woMr.uW98X$r^e&}.ƒwk&扏#[&?#.etxiJ&i.j]MQyW@1W=H5T4V9GU'׭ZH~ufzW /_s14TrAH&XGT3N/+Ɲ=ZĖ|ᝎ;Pf({xB|{9y]\%ožl)IAM'2YsM:(?5tb=H⺽ d;ji#Jn)v=+=;{eY/?{'^z 20"{U0!6h1V+Bp3\<1ojWKDgXPS#Me7wbe!sV')Ǡ" ԥAdͬ$ci=sZr:Pi ŊBL IS~*Ɵ gkU9ҤVf) (d$C?Jǹpz L\D): x*_ʽKrK8 e6*rxSW@dmJH- 9cM?L4IPkvZH5ʂ9yi5 铯U\F_Un4U`pjAc$:P4N;W]lO*wSTM+ʋ-ƻH;k9cA',.Pis~Tjo Aֵ |E/b+/Gf#Y*0;UULEp1(Z C |S$ ^p쪻qk}!&F֋g 日-1IzRG:Պ((ǵ-ҠҟE0 EV{Mƴ(`3 ۳b VaNZ)6,Z"<5}l5PhL$qE VKXn5Դ5*[#TdshWs,G"=砥8vJ̪-v&qh.sVZn 5  U1қ*>r,ZʚԱ,j*#Ը\w9mRKiGWX`S֝iE!]43uHb"s]$+QN+%k >\ێ۹iX/~nq!^x-KõpJ r/_s}+9=꼲|"M5:TQ],:U7OGK_a-+Tvrb+> U&ܻة&G[9w@~WoM+ vn4g 7/:ҦOptk ((s9xĊF"bWbʋFx^[U{Il2+7}`JK1{ٓy9÷O__bB%XÞ¹uis[\ǵ_ rvP8m#բBgg4w8qd_nW8yR}*uH#HzvR]: /*)m`܌QaO-:ў nZxWḃ4b̓jiZ+I#O Њ xMF$iGדMI+(ہҦn尼UC) Vr!$O cT$cMtd+c ~N zI\N/tr-5~ٝ)WU߲SɈ1OXt-Ij;,eq@\"jtv# Mv^ok(4+GoXxYԳ{soG "خqQ>qbه1V aP*ʨQ4 $+QEB‘)i02/mQՈmLK毅:CfZn][ď {G:phq އ{boC]DAOp3WN Ȥ@_SHr*qLw `SӊUCR ,!0ldRhfD415m`5:6 :d+~$k׉zw8.a_=|ZҾɫ,S(kN8+ ĻāU {9<.5V(7As+<\04-<|,hQUR7LN$.hh0PKҤgf5\J=(gv Ο"K{WiSqhuF; ]NI WmZ^!h|=zҤS ^tOEW*3G6,N*r\bƫ v.iE=eABnuaG2 Uԝ~Hr3C`7Z#s *ESv0= :UfSQIlRJZ`QEQEQEQEQE%-P^{gm5fxz*l$B2v>@VvV62_H|6FD)xG"u/ Cm'5 'p;SCERJӴ%>dtTU5^}*d0kkQH5uX 5Rbw)) jMҗ( o}+G``1`$1-җB \k_̃93×!'QwFᦺHiS3H`XpEZ6ZY"N O(A3F(LfF`Qc5).vGJ7v85eE>s+MV!UU(PH.D:vS[(AWi F|Hv}irKKUsJ.  sg%Nvf1%cx~̋s[QEL54"[8R:R252Հ73jڍjrߠKIgIa,!#־mL߼PLrgbBq#[Flsg|E+NgAڼvKmQgkVтVхQR0((j9My݀HHu6BMcM>|LԹ[:R#v^k.](A21IPjXܱv/9UH$Y9$(7+kݾ3:b+HޔnO,Q.{FSHYQq]UrO5QHs֐M?P;Dypr 69jsYGzS6;js̓iJr{OZxpiKnOֲ< 2aW4 3BDFĆFQiO`xZoZ, *)GDGiΠ1 #' kFlЊ 6&:Λ@ 1YKrI.3OWPl]FI8$h[Hʮ~r'BZ(7^?{ ZR319 '.mdbkNT/:6i\],)orρ@sWwRZMф2x=qҦ;z [5ʴҌ]Udv(Sү3Xs>F}*Z:fleFܟ@*[SKqyMzw]sHiwfproA?ZΒǤ~V,Ra'oA;WUMFW@ARIY99[)UYaYK1[ uTp F`,@6K7&[.RY㰣]09&`Xx_"Wt/Ff< 572K!y$5z~sM񬐺0*r I_=x[Su,%ؕ+;6nO*B3KTƝ袊cA7a+(ν]M>KFtW?|q5<B#R3|cӄhVo99|[dln#l$RS0#޾_wY5(/m[}:nۅϿ+4/|mhE{~[1پԺ1T;[xem2f;z=R.5^4 ~"h$[36yQb *ujå"Ċ$t|kךeȲΗ)<%OzrvL#⫐ݗ21iڕWvS$t9o^0 " T#cӮ@G̠Њ١;QE)&7XK,0=Bo̥c9E8ϭ:HՇ5` {Z7.BQ1uDXW9{[d#1b:V;9*x>9ޞLU!G)CA7i-!Y|?te9WBvё$u1kZ>G#Vƙ6kTz(QLq15#-ErMaYcոWZ,brXMzOX;憝:yğmLPܚ|y⛋{+E`[\_4ӻ#k|ߞbg+S4_*:ժ7UB*_>~y5ԿޕbM¦T([Z$?ݯgxyr(<2Sx=%lEe+AP&4- A8ME!w_]{?b}LU_]όoxrPQc^ VYW#̖B'4yGۨWr\+C{G#BV-֘.I{qmuQUZENvՏ!$, 5qHI淮ÎQs%q&o,jbYK沒ҥK9hN6 u ž7/jEc?WOKgrem>r:_=ᤔz \WĪSukhVT >XQm]|8M񝝕x:{::g8{ڰl3WAOJƨku܊Y`l}+cj\=)ׯ&nX©$dQ9ؔ= *k<=7. #8#-n&ckk4x3O)E1 *E-Hn=ipxH(/ [Wd]r+ү>>[ۆ>ckI3ܕMeE,GRN*͌mò r̕=*av=zT|r朌-cu$.opڴs01;vġڛfȯso8_ս7##專9YZ*2K*]+w$ P@Hw>f'fD|#6zSXl|!Ԡ`Vn>$zµҡ! 5 3HdAR7sL@85]|CKM $Dq_RՊ>+)4srkáxyLYJhv z2~ CU52~r2wl5fwN\M\;/|D[i`C&~f YI=ɨ. B8Q7I~U›{ʥyVҔ9y;G÷G o[Kocg0Zc9,~}+t hnVS"#Lqc#Ҳg:Gq+{6Xo!:(k~n2_F!IT ß]ӵ(W-dX٫2 {&1m qHޯuf)ǗTy|R^.pkbqTbW&)`hSupg3SRIibcKB/e6.T ]xF6+k4k-|`+[DiҸe0rG8E(]y/Ե;cHW{ZWvF=kuM>*ê6_,{}P[la AR۱s]+!\M[r% s{-4O 5^Z~v8cL4yЙXg'4}f0Ten<pJu db^ue'X`az٥$B?W?5:ly  C`S^[?k04|y ՟×ZG`Y S\3 (ᰭus# Q@a4B;Y&¢$^=۩~@1X7/chCs{{#43\vaxpvu^$cۀzIY$GmEӭ,T8Jp Ml\i6~3\캋@Lɓ*v8q:wq&QkstY#U.ɬ?"Paֹ[B\j;,rkH[CJ``+ЙF,\x.3F\LM 1t?yox@``+x_zs H[SpE隒TےֳՋde͜C1$f񱻂+iH$Pr5tۓ ⺴t[kgAlH@OJOi=ϧ~#|KѼ1m5ܤڛ.$f{_ڎGf(=<^?su-%į$r$sPV<*[6ʿwNV$G+7C֮Ʉc85I-[ᇋjF{׭Ͼ0A\5&sGG-TY3bGԂyfN 64Y-Dr[SdGh1h+vi_i^zHҾf>b5 RNbxN Zfܝjz@.c*䊁CZS(j3* <ܜ);[]X "[Hniw[E,p0~ [# 9'eNs^{RwpH$LD`/< q_Cx-7X뷣~>+X)du*A |o͡O6d-~;2sz+8۹Bde]Q6J71֒H&ßyj' }1bkjzQXij| PkflB t4֛S<@o흞Ɋl7)=N㯏-|5k>d}^3F91 3N2|uZL۱^W6wiaԷwA^j#5QmOc BoRE %Vֿ1S`F~iF5^[\*ڄqNiػw&hc#+%eS)h_5b}kK0v>nc(?~/NttY䨍q{КMq֌-xQ9ͨnn%c?OR?oQa ӡ?ZgKFڽ@&%drGY4]0YK}Flѻ}FEr'e.V(qз~ ď"{>'k\Ș y'6s´;]^ܒמd22V ^[ ,;tKYۤw)碌 r";Qa;bzp](ALxϡ5?IN-aOvs4hnN.AE2icž)Ӝ;؇#2g5m~]],gfP6ho?23mTMJm%kf` +WIxt٥rpzޭkiG c[X:s]= 2Hi:اR['9P 㚽-ΣQ'qu6xlGcFjFK>D:恳 浅qv J[;+w#y]w8O[h`5( į=R䶦m &wm81WmCו?ҡX!AHnƲQz[^rT9?Xi!OoZo562m%̒Qޮ B$JkVkTz3[$ˉFfU=꾉bo@"__V[XmF; ld<"qֺ&#Z;FhYϒ\b],0\5{NogF/Gkn*!O#=mmO/drʼnbp8=>릔9ja)8uM[TI$*g^{ N Y92I֤d2圜OZѿךHv<+F-Y=<'sv5wZ|>^\rk0Z\C ]) }vZTY1o;}5Fj 2ʛjܡڃxaб:0= nk#[;׊c A֊jJ4gӟ 6 I+֠} xg{[hGA^ff{sȭ(lիnxCW c޾?o|˓TEMqBV>Z839'L,3Z- 1nT;VB@hn- {Wk!T5E2Zʥp0kuEa]4mBƀn WjpC^ѩj^?I^aбKS=L<4-ەd}hXC\FSF*E8` b P3V#q\nWy:S\ƳiI&yZ'[0˹Ajj ~|`,9DW, mȧ V=ݮÕRՊN償pSpޱ \HmB0Yr9,g,#aos+-Č)$ٌ=Q3Gj/uJVWB[]C$P~v,&+ҮxF]cDVm [R1.'ue9}:rzt-6+x<ٝF$|ʓeuİXq;.O}h.gmCPGH ߎ}> 04V`27H_3vW](򣞣x{SyMUԸTr? MsD_v(CId9zԖWI9O^7<.YYPH+jߥq6sڻ{&qnJO?_Sj/eާf \}6"&5HSU!j\x(s441ϖ)k&8QPD8d$6Y\qR_\$8P=kCJ<zSjDo}gh>g85ϻf<ߺ,\RvzTEToTH5aa[)59|dAix"'בj6djU5(J)NBkQA >-x'ɹH^DcU6ʊ[d5B*5QغUJF@¬p楖" ց.mr QTԴO[s<*Rc%YT3SInt3VդӸ}hB vu>e]Hns\a"͍>dYc#Ճs:ei<ܷ,SFA{IEB~SRoj=6ON“%]B MUڅ`W;caPV ˄X@`$aH!ߥdm MkfD0#-b:o.aw!>wi=J@^h)S&jJbfx\ugVQXܖȧz;6wdy*9ⰭG3XU9$e=i {l2,7;TS%K DV-Yw*Z,kTE" ڢxy:2d~)Y"ձA+|qAibeqđTJ>+E ;S61[#׵Z\ħzώwxwNЭcY 3 gzs+e.cu{,{kv< ٫ :X<3ZdlNJtaJj7/ Mf_kr73EwbWη9S?׮}Q52On:4oHttaхx<ʥ3"7Q>*{kۈ.wI .qTJ7>Ԧ|ֳ0ZŽsz|=gGm%M?\ 9t| ɊCW#RԒdX/i=f=^ֻɱ Ly%} 5x]jLR-Y<8v2vAٔhāaHu Thӵ^ì Hג(@>c? ko7F}'c"n}5;fk]>:`;D @zW@# If9$ף*z#]#^פԵg/#V'tv ׵i$k(e5]sU:Ȩ]NVfa+MG-[%8kzu2O#.3Zwv\eX|°%Xs'<,RZcPOZ.#E#Iz k:)㚽ASFvњZ$r@&hh :"#k#SPZBM>td|9h#95}a"3Z֖M84.Ry;hE(w隥x \$Z0(+j̾x5~~S[oߕEܢayyQҷmDFu8Mw6򓄌8š.w8'5AͼۊVjŴ{O.dNs]1Gהv@5w@ ɯ2j=:RW3zKf\"J Q|ù*nkk Ě21\xy 1/(Ʃ]ȡ;ɋik:V/;"b+|},ͱ2MU(L´Qr rڗ\ec|*(^UY'|zEQn%=j1R ?oSlJOiZ PZ\H>ЧԤ|JԃvC2}RK31}!c9QAfQM]sHܜڗaLMkNYiT3VւJC+h#uu'J$xJu}T5 b<#\ZbU0@Ґrs8ɣXBn6GF3sEB(ld}VT doU4B0=di?dB@~u6KWRNONO(f].\M@jwq:]Rߟ-Ӵ2Z{+5Z" Oat,kƝ'v=+I96g*]*1]N;Y;?27SZ>,c)X&s0]TNZ4=jX4Z7SiN̴:}:qҭO\8SN!P:xmn@p.ڌfV"jz'6ECU<80ǻ~ V *5ZOVd¦&4-Sos-*WpQ^tSakg-P1=$-ly61I=X,@T&גMzt 'mΖ_JukE\%G&9Nt]Ri.jGQTխGF2Z5<|Fͷ@*9/auɬ(XM@Mx5ewj.O,.$_. CQ#ersYy?1>nNk 5Rr2u G]gpHEp*sS%)s8=IuAcw&CV`dgXibv8\щl^85nzkN;": rHolEJ]֥6Ys$$-G (̻_dlJ|39*#yšZ['12Ou4˱ǵ|~9*k[o.Շ|0oMz4vypq[ '-HAQrZ}H[Tb䚬Mw智2%4hJM.&*Иcfj%NT^r:0S1)BZ`)Jx"4aCW #."yrmZ"U&"`tRΧ/u֨AƋ8z+]}Dgox]8jՑ]A;gV6B0;~"jDryH{%fMs|ܟS&VM3nj[Є]fm`pF@Li(M{σ|SAXc :ҭ᷍5_®Cưa5ջlg}N+hv u5xP푆ji.QZ4R4B;kvl⼻PM`59kO<慸p!cjJHtpf/ִR4RY\MukZ=J8\ uf+]J.V,|ߘ@#:+Z@w]Oikq]\/*!at.? Z_CoY)v'gּ:+͢0tLܒ}pkVUz c|LSJdsһ߆<:c>ܩx noAZ9[PK"vWM$[q%P}jBclҵsH|ǨOpYb%/U:Ctָ_`mi$j2UJؒz2zWv$ ˺B5Qjhw);*myWs4LkF00 9L{UQc>~iiJ53zM-&M~X+0axSrM0.qF)n("ā\nob!n+7 3UQ\4\Y V&8n+5)[\Ы,FHǃMݙ%bOZp@Ҡf$*ĥI:@ph %OCZSYk޷+#aZ/FԤf3V֑ t_E@ɬ NծOhW~A i-HAj*D[Aڐ@Tl?g& ]F[qqCz'@jREv:J51]Щub9&^kcKa"+=qY;qkKcާR=sΒfCS{]"(@joDJŞ7AU8rN.-__,xa>_ȯP~$9>)3;K^[2"<!r AB@9R64$]=7W|GvTUEW-^7:Տ<6ȮM bFղZ1jhcGTbrJ]bٸK>F(qRl|Go,NT^)|uviabYȸjꆨWDY9L6k>5;ܰHb`-+׋4ҸmR)Nx潗\ې=+6v*pk)F.k 4y\U-Ef,9mk*3ހf]^[=*gTך_.ܣ[QnBK ttIO˧k?Lq=k|yj,~e`}I>AZ-#)W==kŔb:{Ç@!mu#8 :ռeZVk_$npR_^cx|KY~HdEǦҶcdazxzW!+pi2ޝ-LTeAZo0 S8q4{zԶҲN8\jV5R~!v'I_UQ*FqY0imڬ*f命k\ozN,pkCo_ʯZxz YT:$uhyL9w\Uov;UH|;rnjЦˬNIIAv*j8Wl 2a!IZ'Z%\b⹤Q_qmǏ z%ᗂ*%Zk)Ojz5\D`}Lk!5%Vnk;Z:Y-D@W<^YE&F3XӇ4ϖ'"9Ԏf+b1$⹛~rJ2XV|85A 5*S)ivn4pߟ*N x@gDp| 69}k濉]NA5H/#2^6&.F6mȫ3DPv/r6+ZT4yjfi M.j54yq^KmV<)}jERZE<MZ T p"k6{-5XID;Mz 7mJwYM"d'^>>Z;pxwJ 4ãgݏɼ{_0 d~ҾѭVM&sױ_- Y2ԭ25.mb+[hӺBp^+7Ue-w}5RӫJ aUUUd8j"r)Y*MZ1P9 0i4 1ЯZaZ4E&T[Nx}nK,ŐI;8?ʾ}olǟ^eݺ#W|NK3 dv'HHNySƴm*G#i#B[ *LU4{ߌgLt$BX]9`qPJ0kİ+qRn7a56FIH&?0]$^e)KkIjEntRcj7_jǝq\]ˑ~k G"ZINҺXO& vP£JijƬ5WqI5c WIBpi@RE0Is@ M5Rc1'1?S5 5 R}m-XrvEt)|}뼳oy,!6~x6MVp:SQp]̝$oΧRT eb0EN+K[LIlj3•%b[ byZZE G9[Bi4]uƈ855*jX4k(r2i2/sPzYjs HS%93 HcaڶXM"S G &"0OPP%LhH H4*ԫPHЉ-ALdiO(h@*Eq+l@VFl%S!Yb]Wf6 㢚Jvff5B\rwvsϭA,pcMn!tr>x 1]?-iEY嫭"ƹ&; 55+k"o]]y[ ґqn'zm2WS]Mb柡jVۡ;s91\UgR+G+G{M*(kh`6+Ax=?ZR2VZK[HM}OƼ/k,@w nb>2BJ~Ē?LWZ^Gj[`@@ OCyEilsS[[ #$fyfO* 3Ԍ2BAhm,2fLQRwcbM=(SCCZ^1.jݩXWEٗkgM]fm6@[s= ^:C_B8Q޸WNO!kmEO#ҹ/jo,wRNi;JEj! A/CRQIғV"RWR( R[&M8GN N¸iFiqE4ƧIbjVQFH5ZG+,@$澔 C{`58a\漏;I q=-aQ\ SA[o%ӚD)ޫZƱ|4rb3ڳR`}k `׫K;GBd8Sɣ9d#w$69=g;A+r 2g-̲$reELw/i،ȬjUh cŒ1W# |lqUqQ7qSs^DQ!9 TolWk^*)(#  @iL=* J|ĪiWJJMA F =hUZi)M<(ԔRP1F \_-iMV'Hz)T%t2qJԌ N*ԮI=i6Ot"1V6;98.: xKr th2WMoHg[K}</|GV՚-gO' 0[:כJq!w$rI&"(^iNiX ՘G-W#\)4lIJ.6іa53!Lp*\MQiR*@ӯ)~{jFqT.glR`܎Iw1T"zHE"M:pTViDWMk"c') +ȥ)IUcW.7{I[-*ucBT%EH*KoӮ%H(P+& pz\hdoYV 3)]@kBSΙIF/,S|},!#UETRb;52jqH5DlwtWM3%GuUukR`:ZǖL=v^ z6╹5dVV-[X#}S-PwX͆YfE&֌[7/ZqS@kvR =_֞£+L-c)H4Qp!sTU~V#4 (5@8)ƙHJJ8R57ujs]ztvocY"i='mQ6; C%LoEEq21کIhW1]r.~ZVb)lUا w`knnm ezJAPqH5A>cSkwF{)-860g!ZrWC$(4Rɋ U5pKF{0jQЯ+2UGfcW\|q=Mw*i/* .J,J| njT_0jXi&}8SP)T8=MDZJSQR-0% B <4i R8rSց3|GL6.85$xg ̶yҋQʻ\҃qM"(Բ 1568glr*ק)ԡ͇JV'gOZUKa& buu8< N4GPd~ZR8ȭВ[:4k5ʃҨ-LVkumpѕ硨jڌ KduZƓiP My\\\=ŁRqמߧvF:!(̚jQ\jOvB/L@C3dT LddqUd"݊5T#WcoUę H&jL'Iu X"w=^[xsGr^;K`V :/| v+52a4sjha8u&ڊ=qF}[Ydҫl+Q˚2+YIt ИXzmõt HȬ/^@qSoc5dӚɒܖȭDzV8?t2N\* lXE4ҭ!85kU̐[qN+S4lU 1+KST.+O-TnkoA$.53oOc9R\‚OYM:A* |;!G85>0w$!rbVAUٚxe64~y8&  +Ҝ*%4¨CSZ ٠f4bnv8P)ij&ZVFٞ*X\AV["L`'2qQom\K 5zfi% $WZHJW]23P2Aօ{nr"9@7UdUhH5yyqUG敆W"\6(xѴ%$IRTҵŒjd{g5mѴ`5l0+ncrsAVJM@SIjE5M!R)EHp5iөN=j1OZH) 1E=j,ԉLD\/-8\X]W-nC>-m%ܢPTTv CmRJ 55wmp J+O0f8ZAՔ~)I?MjXg?Jΰ ޝwiuJY9XiǑ&W;NϽv26ʜ5頙QXO !GV33\.|l XwjVWu.ͣ{,3[)Evs)I2}&rI\CSM.r)KYH5:&h@2F yy=͌u04kU8;2GJLRQ拹tOCA+!aV$Ťyl3Y9 * 7=3OaWa nZAN*5,mAS- -S %(#*!s$81*)*X.*2yȨsR C./Y'Z \$]¸ZsR] c&6<*γGm??5̣^ោ~܎\r3*%V0)EM?M`Vw<-> kYuGM$s^Vq$(= sV4;;2 Ww^O|%w\:$Z,-ԢUMUk">2BdRĚQдraor ~'k8fԼ&H{69 {+Hվ4xKh%%U iGҸGRU ==$zVɒWTrBP+n{.0r2^Y\2H;ƓV@Go&,t֝r3Q)(Z3`ݼ l򦭶 $T{T)S}LˠE"b T2c{Yέ[Wo)\VHAi'I\]2{k 5\&XxTw5dzu n'Zwޱ//eXSUKUl1;99bjާ)K\6JQLUu,Êpjԋw>hF`<G%aGKi I2F?u?Cyk_Jڝ[,β0ﴮ \QЕECmE 0{U 2jW^X#<5{{)oy95j[v{zfR;QBMb%CujooO/qYG}O2ƫ`Tɷ:h_:wH%ܟ½KOKFÃ^'ζ04ƅx3_jEoo1:&+'㦓RE6rkXWKI 35wmwecjc V$zJ鮒Tkd~UĕWٿħqN+ZkOY qT %x$*jǙROS4~h &lxLⰏ(y0. 9%jXUsȤN=Ҿ{/j@кEwGuuwk-[z',,䚢2Ƭ#]b\zf=)rEPhh O##=E1BX 1RHHfi aAIS6 +L+RM4bzUO7PbܚqRiFh5Oz Ds4 R ??xX $7lלE(QI5+Ը e)AyNhBid/bik֨Ķ1ү<mɬtRfeLb2s֤qVls|jd5Z3SyjeRZjAQW[{#8'"y*i;PaG9TSMu.T`*)+l[Tcxi*1^j)fb&V)Uf *Uq]Z.#ԣ%Mw$P*5pj@i LKS BjJLS@3V9njrl5n;ޕ_S '8ڹJb}ǭ=>sL23EFtjDZp5Qn8)}O5e*FGN)a:TP%N zS-8RM MJ&Zzji *TU" )i x4YdqF(Ѻ|a4{ -aҾUԬ/RDXQ_o6&..";οR[E'}ש?g;>Wb ѻRsgIc<+f5!@rG$mN~ R"&ܼk1o=:}#c ;s՝0M#Q,ʼZi@cSíz#7y}ZY[صT#t2Gyc/yv+ѥS7<ڐ䕈Ȧ0$j PKI] ;3AaӚчZ3Nb:F1L? Dg?2T^bµ62cJ.)PTUF$iF,85STԩ L jiP0j֟ͨHHqO,uU.kؼCo+Q y"yt"J_F^i1F1\|d֩AGy+|G¥ZFKY`q]PsN9=݅\H8kNdHlqֽcߺv559sZ:Vm#uAQ)P7j5lPM;҄" ƮFE \DQB#a޶%l)hM%s뭼[Bv{5kTc Sz\^/ƽm>cpx$5ĀjK_ihmiOIXZmÑ=jm'O}DkgWj$^|[!QO9"rInMKg=߅hI9 #i4RpQ@\g=:heUEO]=kR`,,UX<߼Qji@;W4:#]6O^/=5b 'LQx鯥1pP[П+ω"}Nc _cڻw8J "J)m݆5>8[c1XKsh) QExF6TR*PiqNdIL2e*r*Zc.irqZC<ު4uHxi7d sӼ]+8++5e>RmvFhZe%ʣDwU-b$UK oq\Jc&-E1ɮnxg|qU ژw~T?(Wmz+&Ujzէ( \X* "@~52d:V=栯 X#Ҷ4쵸g(M5-F9ADZ#VKjt4QHbJ POSE01|_[AӮ4s!5ωtӵ[V] Y1>QJ=Pl҆R@FLxlEP83SVa_YPlOj(#Y0cEByLdRc4QH YN|dEK)D5J V0ܹ8qZ4#8?tqbafMΊ)vR^k\mrMW-F8v1RHz(45-fКEHH"[bAEn;/3(MR]AW!=F(X:k#,ntٓIZ399z԰p2:E."TCQY[Ei`^ªMhq%YEж2chB((#@J8e(Kp567"DR;EqԊfaָ/Mu!@N(doM]zU{W\T#ɒFұiT (rI4(ZPcֻH@QYMoM%"75#9QEIoc; Wފ+y!Q(D"E *b).4Ef֦
Warning: fopen(https://newsweekme.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-04-17T110500Z_922194801_GF10000385231_RTRMADP_3_KUWAIT-OIL-STRIKE-780x439.jpg): failed to open stream: HTTP wrapper does not support writeable connections in /home/newsweekme/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor.php on line 428

Traditional Arabic coffee is offered as Kuwait Oil and Petrochemical Industries Union workers sit in a shaded area on the first day of an official strike over public sector pay reforms, in Kuwait April 17. The workers ended their strike on April 20. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee

DUBAI, April 20 – Kuwaiti oil and gas workers have ended a three-day strike that had temporarily cut the OPEC member’s crude production by nearly half, the trade union said in a statement posted on its Twitter account.

“In honor of his highness the Emir … we have decided the following. First, the cancellation of the general strike and the attendance of all oil sector workers at their places of work beginning at seven in the morning on Wednesday 20 April 2016,” the Oil & Petrochemicals Industries Workers Confederation wrote.

The union further pledged “to make every effort to immediately return production to its previous level.”

News of the strike’s end came just hours after Kuwait‘s oil minister had ruled out negotiations with the employees until they stopped their action, while one of the union leaders said the thousands of workers would hold out until planned public sector pay cuts were canceled.

U.S. oil prices fell slightly after the news. Oil markets had rallied this week as the strike forced Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to cut output to as little as 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd), down from a normal level of about 3 million bpd. By Tuesday output had recovered to around 1.5 million bpd.

Workers fear reduced salaries, benefits and staff layoffs will be part of a planned government overhaul of the payroll system in the public sector.

In an interview with Kuwaiti TV channel Al Rai, Kuwait‘s acting oil minister, Anas Al Saleh, said production would continue and that no talks would proceed during a strike.

“We cannot sit down at the negotiating table with the unions during a strike. We will achieve the impossible to continue to operate the oil sector despite the strike,” Saleh said.

Unions had not said how long the walkout would last. Non-Kuwaiti oil workers are not on strike.

Social Streams

Comments

comments

Facebook Comments

Post a comment