Egypt's university employees to protest for salary raise

Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Jun 2013

In meeting at Cairo University, university employees decide to protest on Sunday against Ministry of Finance's delay in promised wage increase

Egypt's university employees will protest outside the Ministry of Finance on Sunday against the current minimum wage.

The employees announced that they will escalate their protest if salaries do not increase, according to Al-Ahram Arabic language news website.

The announcement came after an urgent meeting Monday evening at Cairo University, during which attendees discussed the ministry's failure to increase salaries despite promises to the contrary.

On 9 April, hundreds of employees from Alexandria University protested in front of the administrative building because officials did not increase their bonus and end-of-service reward.

Recently, demands for wage increases have been raised across a broad range of professions, including doctors, teachers, and laborers.

Since the 2011 uprising, successive interim governments have promised to increase the minimum wage in order to meet the revolution's demand for 'social justice.'

In June 2011, Egypt's then-transitional government granted public servants a monthly minimum wage of LE700 ($120).

The minimum wage increase was supposed to come into effect at the start of July, which marked the beginning of the 2011-2012 financial year. 

In reality, the increase was implemented only for government employees on permanent contracts.

Workers have long demanded a minimum wage set at LE1,200 ($170).

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