Egypt's public buses resume as workers end strike

Ahram Online, Saturday 1 Mar 2014

Buses resume running Saturday as the last garages in Greater Cairo end their strike Friday on company and government assurances

Bus station
Public bus station (Photo: Ahram weekly)

Egypt’s public transport workers have resumed work as the last four garages out of 24 in Greater Cairo ended their strike Friday, reported the state-owned Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Some 70 percent of total manpower of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) announced Thursday ending the strike on governmental promises to meet their financial demands that are topped by the national minimum wage.

According to Al-Ahram, the head of the PTA, along with Cairo’s governor, assured workers they would be guaranteed the same rights as others in the public sector as PTA would be now fall either under the Cairo governorate or the Ministry of Transportation.

Workers will be paid a permanent monthly bonus worth LE200 ($28.7).

PTA workers have been on five-day strike, demanding inclusion in the state's LE1200 ($172) minimum wage scheme and improvals to PTA's run-down fleet of 4,700 buses.

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