State university staff march reaches Cabinet

Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Sep 2012

Joint demonstration by Cairo, Ain Shams and Alexandria university workers demanding higher pay reaches government building, picking up supporters along the way

A state-university staff march has arrived at Cairo's downtown Cabinet building, with employees from the nearby Qasr Al-Aini Hospital joining in the protest.

The Revolutionary Socialists also voiced their support of the demonstration by participating in the demonstration.  

Employees and administrators from the universities of Cairo, Ain Shams and Alexandria had marched from Cairo University's Giza campus to the Cabinet building, next to the Ministry of Higher Education, demanding higher pay and bonuses.

Protesting employees held aloft placards that read, "The strike is general: bread, freedom and social justice" and "We want honest faculty under-secretaries."Some of the marchers began directing traffic by diverting queues into one lane in a bid to avoid disruption to the major thoroughfare.

The march stopped at the Ministry of Supply and Interior Trade to garner support before heading to the government building.

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