Mahlab welcomes second batch of new public buses
The new public transportation buses - YOUM7/Soliman el Otifii

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Minister of Local Development Adel Labib, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf al-Araby and Cairo Governor Galal Saeed attended a celebration for receiving 40 new public transportation buses at a value of 45 million EGP ($6.4 million), reported Youm7.

This is the second batch of buses received by the Cairo governorate from a total of 200 buses, valued at 227 million EGP ($32.6 million). A batch of new cleaning equipment was also include, valued at 206 million EGP ($29.5 million), from the urgent plan budget to support the Cairo Cleaning and Beautification Agency.

After a six-day strike at the end of February, the head of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) met with representatives of the authority’s employees and agreed to study the mechanism of applying the minimum wage law of 1,200 EGP ($174) a month.

Public transport drivers received an extra 200 EGP ($29) monthly as of February and will be fully paid for their strike days, putting an end to their strike which was partially sparked by a lack of maintenance of buses.

While the strike was in full swing, however, the state and the Cairo governorate attempted to counteract the effect of the PTA strikers as much as they could. The Armed Forces deployed military buses to replace workers on strike, and the Cairo governor outsourced some work to privately contracted bus companies.

Head of the PTA in Cairo Hisham Ateya said that public transport strikes counteract production process, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper on Feb. 27.

Atyea added that peaceful striking employees would not be legally pursued, but violent strikers will be punished.

Minister of Transport Ibrahim el-Demeiry said that the ministry managed to take a $1.3 million grant from the World Bank to finance and develop public transport buses according to the website of Ministry of Transport.

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