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Head of union attacked as postal workers' sit-in enters 2nd day

Egyptian Postal Services Authority workers continue sit-in for second day to demand communication minister's resignation and dismissal of ministry advisers

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Mar 2012
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Hundreds of workers from the Egyptian Postal Services Authority (EPSA) maintained their sit-in for the second consecutive day on Monday in front of the Central Administration of Postal Services in Cairo to demand the resignation of Communications and Information Technology Minister Mohamed Salem. They also called for the dismissal of ministry advisors, who they say are holdovers from the ousted Mubarak regime.

Workers additionally called for the formation of a parliamentary fact-finding committee to review the EPSA's recent actions. They further demanded that employee wages be restructured so as to be brought into line with the size of the authority's investments, estimated at more than LE100 million.

On Sunday evening, the head of the EPSA, along with several security personnel, reportedly attacked Mohamed Saftawy, head of the independent union of postal workers, resulting in the latter's hospitalisation.

On Monday morning, Saftawy attempted to file an official complaint against the head of the EPSA at Cairo's Mosky police station. He was surprised, however, to find that a counter-complaint had already been filed against him, in which he was accused of encouraging workers to strike.

Saftawy is now expected to be subject to investigation, while workers have vowed to continue their sit-in.

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