Employees storm Egypt education ministry to demand pay raises

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Jul 2012

Workers interrupt press conference held by Education Minister Gamal El-Arabi to demand pay hikes; Minister accuses them of exploiting political situation to demand 'undeserved' perks

Hundreds of education ministry employees raided the ministry’s Cairo headquarters on Monday to demand salary raises.

Disgruntled employees interrupted a press conference being held by Education Minister Gamal El-Arabi, chanting: "We don’t want him; he's a crook!"

As of press time, the ministry's security detail was attempting to stop workers from storming El-Arabi's office.

The minister, for his part, has accused employees of exploiting the current political situation to demand what he called "rights they don’t deserve." He went on to assert that employees had already received salary raises.

"They're saying they don’t want me? I don't want them!" El-Arabi was quoting as saying. He added that they should have voiced their demands in a “better way” rather than by “making a scene.”

El-Arabi had been scheduled to convene a press conference at 2pm on Monday afternoon to announce high school examination results.

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