Egypt railway halted by strike

Ahram Online, Sunday 7 Apr 2013

Railway workers begin strike after rejecting transport minister's offer of a 10% pay rise

File photo: People travel on an overcrowded train in Cairo January 17, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's railway workers started a strike on Sunday, bringing train movement across the country to an almost complete halt.

Negotiations between the transport minister and workers reached a deadlock on Saturday.

"Most train drivers have rejected the results of the meeting with the minister," Hesham Rabeh, a workers' representative, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Rabeh said the 10 percent pay rise offered by the minister was not enough and was very unsatisfactory to the workers.

Egyptian Railway Authority head Hussein Zakaria said negotiations were underway to end the strike.

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