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EgyptAir staff end strike after demands are met: Morsi representative

International flights resume after presidential consultant promises implementation of cabin crew's 'legitimate' demands

Ahram Online , Friday 7 Sep 2012
 EgyptAir staff end strike
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EgyptAir cabin crew ended their strike on Friday evening after a presidential representative promised to meet their demands for improved working conditions.

The national carrier resumed international flights after the announcement.

Legal consultant Mohamed Fouad, who represented President Mohamed Morsi in afternoon negotiations, afterwards told local media that EgyptAir was willing to grant cabin crew their "legitimate demands."
 
EgyptAir serving staff stopped work on Friday morning to demand better working conditions and insurance, as well as an increase in staff numbers. The airline  announced it was drafting in temporary workers, after the strike resulted in the grounding of all its international flights.
 
Fouad said the changes would be implemented whilst following the appropriate legal procedures.
 
Earlier on Friday, a consultant to the Aviation Minister claimed the strike was costing the state carrier LE50 million.
 
In September 2011, EgyptAir ground staff went on a similar strike to demand improvements in working conditions. 
 
Strikes in Egypt have been on the rise for several years and performed an instrumental role in the uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. 
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