Hundreds of Egypt’s metro employees stage sit-in

Ahram Online, Monday 6 Jun 2011

Over 500 underground train employees staged a sit-in, calling for the sacking of the head of the subway train agency

Subway train employees protest
Over 500 of the subway train employees protest at Anwar Sadat Station (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Over 500 metro employees – including conductors, operators and ticket collectors – staged a sit-in at the Anwar Sadat Metro Station in Tahrir Square, calling for the sacking of the subway train company head, Mohamed El-Shimi.

One of the protesters said the sit-in was staged because El-Shimi wants to privatise the subway train company, which would put all employees on insecure ground and also force hierarchical changes.

The protesters, who held banners, also called on Egyptian authorities to affiliate the subway train company to the Egyptian National Railways.

Moreover, they denounced the presence of police officers in the metro stations.

The sit-in will last for a whole month should El-Shimi keep his post, the protesters said. The metro services, however, should not be negatively affected, as the employees will rotate their work shifts in a way that they could still take part in the protest.

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