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Janitorial workers halt train movement in Egypt demanding higher wages

Workers block train traffic between Aswan and Cairo demanding a higher minimum wage and formal contracts

Ahram Online, Saturday 3 Sep 2011
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Around 100 janitorial staff from the city of Edfu laid down on the train tracks connecting Aswan to Cairo to halt train movement demanding better working conditions.

The workers demanded higher wages and complained that their salaries do not exceed LE450 ($75) per month. They also demanded that they be formally contracted, as currently they are technically hired only as temps.

The current interim government has approved a minimum wage in Egypt of EGP700 ($118) for all state employees. However, many have complained that the approved minimum wage has not been applied in many sectors. 

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