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Hundreds of Egypt's TV & radio workers want Minister of Information out

Egyptian state television and radio employees at Maspero block Cairo's Nile Corniche to protest unpaid salaries

Ahram Online, Wednesday 27 Mar 2013
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Employees at Egypt's state television protest on Cairo Nile Corniche, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (photo: Ahram Arabic news website)
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Hundreds of employees at the state television and radio building in downtown Cairo, known as Maspero, protested Wednesday over unpaid dues, reported Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

The protesters accused Muslim Brotherhood member and Minister of Information Salah Abdel-Maksoud of working for the Islamist group's benefit. The protesters chanted "We want our money!" cutting the nile Corniche in front of Maspero building in both directions.

Ali Gheith, a director in Egyptian state television, confirmed that Wednesday’s action comes in protest against unpaid wages and plans to deduct further from salaries.

"We are against the use of violence and we were left to cut off the road because this is the only way to ensure the government responds to our demands," Geith added.

In response to the protest, the head of Egypt's state television, Shoukry Abu Emeira, asserted that salaries are overdue across many state-run institutions, not just Maspero.

Geith explained that employees are ready to escalate their action if the government ignores their demands.

"We are waiting for the Cabinet committee to investigate our demands," Geith added.

Ashraf Abdel-Haleem, a TV anchor on Channel One, told Al-Ahram Arabic News that Maspero’s economic situation has reached its lowest ebb, due to the privatisation of commercials to Ashraf Sherif Company.

Former Minister of Information Anas El-Fekki allocated commercials to Sherif Company; which led to a reduction in prices of commercials to 400LE for one minute. And still there are no TV adverts, Abdel Haleem added.

Abdel-Haleem explained that Maspero workers will not leave the Nile Corniche until their demands are acknowledged by the government.

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