Reuters Cairo office staff stage day-long strike protesting unfair wages

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Nov 2023

Journalists at Reuters' Cairo office have initiated a 24-hour strike beginning at midnight and extending until the end of November 23rd to voice their dissatisfaction with what they consider an unjust salary structure.

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Several local journalists held a one-day protest at the Reuters Cairo bureau to protest against the news agency s unfair salary structure. Facebook

 

Khaled El-Balshy, the head of the Egyptian Press Syndicate, announced the strike on Wednesday, citing concerns over wages that do not align with Egypt's economic conditions since March 2022.

According to El-Balshy, the journalists argue that the existing salary structure fails to shield them from economic fluctuations and does not correspond to the salary scales implemented in other regional offices.

This protest follows a demonstration by journalists within the Cairo office on November 4th, with ongoing negotiations and discussions taking place between the journalists, the union, and agency management in recent months.

A delegation from the journalists' union is scheduled to visit their colleagues on the strike day to express solidarity with their legitimate demands, affirming the full support of the union until those demands are met.

The striking colleagues emphasise that their goal is to establish a balanced work equation that upholds their right to fair salaries commensurate with the substantial effort they contribute to delivering comprehensive coverage of events in Egypt, the Middle East, and international news, especially in light of the challenging regional events.

Reuters has notified subscribers that the Arabic bulletin will be suspended for 24 hours during the strike, as reported by Al Qahera News Channel.

In a separate development on Wednesday, a delegation from the Council of the Journalists Syndicate, led by El-Balshy, successfully negotiated with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Wafd newspaper, Ayman Mohsab.

The agreement reached implements the institution’s minimum salary at LE3,500, with a stipulation for a 100% salary increase for colleagues not covered by the minimum decision, according to a fixed-term written agreement.

This strike at Reuters' Cairo office follows a 10-day strike by staff at the BBC's Cairo office in August, their third in as many months, demanding fair pay.

In September, after two weeks of negotiations, the BBC agreed to salary increases ranging from 75 to 142 percent for entry-level positions.

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