Qena health workers stage sit-in

Ahram Online, Sunday 3 Jul 2011

Qena health workers begin an open ended sit-in demanding permanent contracts

Hundreds of health workers from Qena governorate gathered in front of the health directorate protesting their wages being dependent on the hospital’s internal fund instead of receiving them from the health ministry budget.

The workers demanded that they be awarded permanent contracts.

According to the Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services (CTUWS) the workers’ wages do not exceed LE380 ($64) per month each and they do not receive annual raises or bonuses.

For the past ten years the workers have been receiving their salaries from the hospital’s internal fund with no permanent contracts, which means they do not receive a steady salary and are often paid up to three months late. 

The workers have begun an open ended sit-in. 

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