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All out! Cairo bus drivers defy law

Issue No. 2271

Doctors, transport workers and tok-tok drivers protest outside the Cabinet Offices in Cairo last month  (Pic: http://www.arabawy.orgHossam el-Hamalawy )

Doctors, transport workers and tok-tok drivers protest outside the Cabinet Offices in Cairo last month (Pic: Hossam el-Hamalawy)


Bus workers employed by the Public Transport Authority in Cairo are on all-out strike. They want their bonuses doubled and corrupt officials purged.

For years they were told that the state couldn’t afford to pay more. Now they find there’s plenty of money in the Authority’s budget but that much has been going into the pockets of corrupt officials.

When a senior manager of the authority threatened strikers with arrest under the emergency laws, the strikers said, “You try it!”. So far the police have stayed away.

In the transport sector, activists are calling for a general strike involving workers on the buses, the metro system and the trains, and at the airports and docks.

Action across the industry, involving a host of workplaces and independent unions, can protect workers’ interests and take Egypt’s revolution forward.


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Tue 27 Sep 2011, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2271
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