Luxor hospital security and cleaning staff begin strike

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 May 2013

Striking workers say late payment of already low salaries causes serious hardship for families

Dozens of security and cleaning staff at Luxor General Hospital began an open-ended strike on Tuesday morning to demand the payment of their salaries.

The strikers threatened to block the international freeway if their salaries are not paid immediately.

With a monthly income of only LE400 per month and no bonuses, the late payment of salaries causes serious hardship, the strikers said.

Labour activists have long been campaigning for a decent minimum wage of around LE1,200 per month.

Egypt has been witnessing a wave of strikes for higher wages and better living conditions over the last five years.

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