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Egyptian public employees protest civil service law salaries

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Mar 2016
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Public sector employees protest continuance of salary scheme under rejected civil service law in front of Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Dozens of Egypt's public sector employees demonstrated on Sunday against the continuance of a salary scheme under the civil service law that was voted down by the parliament in January, reported Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

The law was passed last year with the aim of reforming Egypt’s administrative apparatus in order to encourage investments by curbing notorious bureaucratic inefficiencies and streamlining hiring practices and wage-structures in government institutions.

The current salary scheme is part of the state budget for the current fiscal year, which was approved by parliament, Tarek Kueib, spokesperson for a pressure group against the civil services law and head of the independent syndicate for property tax employees told Ahram Online.

"We did not participate in the protest because it is impossible to demand the revocation of the state budget in the last four months, despite the scheme being unfair to us," he said.

The government has prepared an amended civil services law which awaits presentation to the parliament.

According to Kueib, there are other three drafts for a law organising the state's workforce that were prepared by the pressure group and two political parties.

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Public sector employees protest continuance of salary scheme under rejected civil service law in front of Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

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Public sector employees protest continuance of salary scheme under rejected civil service law in front of Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

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