Egypt's tax authority employees protest government's 'indifference'

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Sep 2015

Tax authority employees felt their complaints about newly-enacted civil service law were ignored

Tax authority employees protest
Tax authority employees protest 'government neglect'in Downtown Cairo on Sunday 6th September 2015. (Photo: Layali Abdelaziz)

Egyptian Tax authority employees staged a protest on Sunday against the government's "indifference" to grievances they put forth over the newly-enacted civil service law.

The protest was around two-dozen strong and took place in downtown Cairo.

The civil service law, passed in March shortly before Egypt's International Economic Conference, aims to reform Egypt’s administrative apparatus and encourage investment by curbing bureaucratic inefficiencies and streamlining hiring practices and wage-structures in government institutions.

The new law, which reduces salary benefits and implements employee assessment schemes, has been met with widespread discontent from civil servants nationwide.

"Our demands were met with utter neglect by the government. We are holding this protest today to denounce the government's indifference," Khaled El-Senoussy of the independent syndicate of tax authority employees told Ahram Online.

"We will keep on pushing for our demands, and we expect the government to compromise soon," El-Senoussy added.

Egypt's prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab condemned on Saturday night attempts to disrupt the functioning of government institutions, referring to the protest planned by tax authority employees.

In early August hundreds, mostly tax authority employees, gathered in front of the Journalists' Syndicate in downtown Cairo to protest the law.

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