State university staff march for better pay

Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Sep 2012

Cairo, Ain Shams and Alexandria university staff to protest in front of Egypt's Cabinet building, Wednesday, demanding higher wages and bonuses

Employees and administrators of state-run universities will march from Cairo University's Giza campus to the Ministry of Higher Education in downtown Cairo, Wednesday, demanding higher pay and bonuses.

Staff from the universities of Cairo, Ain Shams and Alexandria are reportedly planning to take part in the protest that will finish at the ministry and the adjacent Cabinet building, both of which are on Qasr Al-Aini Street.

Disgruntled university workers and administrative staff have been staging ongoing protests since the beginning of the academic year, calling for equal benefits to those of the faculty members.

Meanwhile, dozens of school teachers have been holding a two-week long sit-in in front of the government headquarters calling for better working conditions, higher basic salaries and financial incentives as well as permanent contacts for temporary teachers.

Throughout last month, Egypt witnessed a surge in demonstrations demanding better working conditions and wages. 

Transport workers ended their week-long strike last Sunday while doctors threaten to start a strike on 1 October if their demands are not met.

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