Foreign Affairs employees strike on
Employees began striking Tuesday, closing the ministry using chains and padlocks. Health insurance and official hires were among their demands.
On Saturday, relevant ministers met to discuss the employees; however, there was no news, Ismail Al-Mabari, deputy head of the Information Unity at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said.
“We trust the wisdom of the political leadership in the country to respond to our demands because the longer the strike, the more problems people will have at the ministry,” Al-Mabari said. “We at the ministry cannot provide services for anyone coming to us unless the employees’ problems are solved.”
Mohammed Maooda, general secretary of the ministry’s employee syndicate, said they partially striked prior to the full strike.
Amjad Al-Kameemi, a ministry employee, said there has been rigging regarding posts at Yemen’s overseas embassies. Each year, new employees are given positions irrespective of eligibility while others wait years for jobs, he said.
Ahlam Al-Mashiri, an employee at the diplomatic attaché at the ministry, expressed resentment about the apathy of leaders.
“We will not withdraw our demands, and we will continue our strike until we obtain what we want, just as leaders have what they desire,” she said.