Minister to meet bus drivers to try to end strike

Ahram Online, Tuesday 27 Sep 2011

El-Borei will meet public transportation workers in an attempt to end the ten-day strike

Egyptian bus drivers are asking for better wages.


Egypt’s Minister of Manpower and Immigration will meet with public transportation workers today to try to end their ten-day strike.

The Minister, Ahmed El-Borei, will meet with representatives of the workers in his office in Cairo. The meeting will also be attended by Abdel Kawy Khalifa, the governor of Cairo. The meeting is considered a breakthrough in the crisis, since both the workers and El-Borei had refused to negotiate during the past week.

Drivers are calling for better wages, bonuses, an upgraded bus fleet, uniforms for drivers and conductors, as well as a 10-month bonus for retiring drivers.

The public transportation workers have been on strike for up to 9 days, with more garages joining the strike each day. 

On Sunday, El-Borei had a meeting with a group of public transportation workers and tried to convince them to suspend the strike but the meeting solved nothing and the workers decided to continue their strike. Yesterday El-Borei had stated there would be no negotiations with workers while they are on strike.  


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