Last Update 18:5
Thursday, 14 November 2019

Medical specialists stage Cabinet protest, launch partial strike

Thousands of health ministry-affiliated medical specialists protest against Sharaf outside Cabinet building, threaten general strike if demands aren't met

Nada Hussein Rashwan, Sunday 25 Sep 2011
Medial specialists
Medial specialists protest 25 September 2011 at Cabinet(Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1761
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1761

Some 3000 public-sector medical technicians staged a demonstration in front of the Cabinet building in Cairo on Sunday to coincide with the launch of a general labour strike by the health technologists syndicate set to commence the same day. Their demands include better wages and work hazard compensation, as well as official representation on hospital administrative boards.

"We've launched a nationwide strike today, exchanging work shifts so as not to bring our services to the public to a total halt," said syndicate head Ahmed El-Sayed. "There will be no strikes at emergency departments."

"If our demands aren't met, we will launch a total strike on 2 October to coincide with the national child vaccination campaign," El-Sayed added. "While we will refrain from conducting home vaccination visits, we will continue to provide vaccinations at medical centres."

Some striking medical specialists have complained of ill treatment by the administrations of certain hospitals and clinics - and by police. "Three of our workers were arrested and subject to humiliating treatment at the hands of police," El-Sayed told Ahram Online.

Early this month, the health technologists syndicate vowed to launch a nationwide strike and stage demonstrations at the Cabinet building in an effort to ratchet up pressure on the Ministry of Health.

The EU-based International Public Service Union, which advocates for workers' rights worldwide, recently issued an open letter to Prime Minister Essam Sharaf expressing support for the syndicate’s call to strike and criticising the interim government's "failure" to deliver on promises made following Egypt's recent revolution to ensure social justice and workers' rights.

Copies of the letter were sent to high-level government officials, including the ministers of finance and manpower, along with a number of local and international civil society organisations.

The Egyptian Health Technologists Syndicate was established late last year, becoming the country's second independent labour union.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.