MARCH 19 2012 19:13h

Kuwait airline workers' strike in 3rd day


KUWAIT CITY, March 19 (UPI) -- Workers at Kuwait's national airline kept the company's planes grounded Monday in the third day of a strike for better pay, a company spokesman said.

The Kuwait Airways Corp., which has a fleet of 17 planes, canceled flights until at least later in the day in Kuwait, Adel Bouresli said.

"The company expresses its regret about the situation and stresses its endeavors to provide the best comfort for its passengers," Bouresli said.

During the weekend, the country's Cabinet rejected worker demands and said it cannot "condone any action that can be detrimental to the interests of the state and its citizens."

The Cabinet said strikes are not permitted under Kuwaiti laws.

However, there were reports that after a meeting with six ministers of Parliament, Prime Minister Sheik Jaber Mubarak had agreed to a meeting with worker representatives.

The workers strike is overlapping a walkout staged by employees of the Customs Department.