Egyptian transport workers to remain on strike until Sunday

Sarah Mourad , Thursday 22 Mar 2012

Transport workers to maintain sit-in outside cabinet building until demands - for better compensation and bureaucratic restructuring - are met

Public Transport Authority workers sit-in October 2011. They have been protesting since then for the same demands. (Photo: Reuters)


Egyptian Transportation Authority workers staging a sit-in in front of the cabinet building in downtown Cairo since Wednesday have declared that they would remain on strike until Sunday.


Sit-in organiser Mohamed Mounir said that workers had decided to open negotiations with the transportation minister and members of parliament’s transportation affairs committee.


"If negotiations lead to the realisation of our demands, we’ll end our sit-in immediately," Mounir told Ahram Online.


Along with better financial compensation, workers demand the merger of Egypt’s Public Transport Authority and the Ministry of Transportation. They have been pressing for these demands since October of last year.

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