Workers to protest against Manpower Min. if ‘biased’
Minister of Manpower Nahed Hassan al-Ashry - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: If the new Minister of Manpower Nahed al-Ashry is “biased” towards the governmental workers union, the members of the Independent Union of Public Transport will protest against her, said head of the Independent Union of Public Transport Magdy Hassan Thursday.

Hassan said he demands “neutrality and purifying the governmental union from corrupted people.”

The workers union “does not have the right to speak on behalf of the workers or any company and demand implementation of the workers demands, Hassan added.

Hassan said that if they met the Minister, they would demand allocating an envoy from the Ministry of Manpower to attend the talks between the Public Transport Authority and Cairo governor and other officials.

All bus garage workers of the Public Transport Authority conducted a full strike Feb.23 after the government failed to meet the worker’s demands following a partial strike on Feb. 22 at 11 garages, according to a Sunday press statement by deputy head of the Independent Union of Public Transport Workers Tariq al-Beheiry issued on Feb. 23.

The workers protested the government’s failure to meet their demands of functional and risk allowances, and demanded unifying the methods of payments in the authority. They also demanded bonuses for working Saturdays, incentives every two weeks like the rest of the state’s workers, and to be paid profits every six months.

The strike that lasted for 6 consecutive days ended on Feb. 27, when the workers reached an agreement after the government agreed to increase their salaries monthly by 200 EGP ($28.7) with a 10 percent increase every year.

The agreement also included a payment of a periodic bonus of 7 percent of the salary, annual profit share, a 60 percent hazard duty allowance and the formation of a committee tasked to amend the authority’s administrative and financial regulations, spokesperson of the Public Transport Workers Independent Syndicate, Magdy Hassan told Youm7 on Feb. 27.

Many strikes in different bodies were conducted during the Ministry of Kamal Abu Eita, including the Public Transportation Strike, Workers of the Iron and Steel Company in Helwan that started on March 1, and the strike of Mahalla Textiles and Weaving Company that started in Feb. 10.

Interim President Adly Mansour assigned former Minister of Housing Ibrahim Mahlab on Feb. 25 to form the new government after former prime minister Hazem al-Beblawy announced the resignation of his government in a televised statement.

Mahlab appointed Nahed Ashry as minister of manpower in the new government on Feb. 26.  Her appointment angered some labor unions, as she had been honored by former president Mohamed Morsi when she was deputy minister on April 30, 2013.

Additionally reporting by Mohamed Mahsoub.

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