Post office workers return to strike
Minister of Communication Atef Helmy - YOUM7/Hisham Said
By NOUR MOHIE EDDIN

CAIRO: Post office workers will return to strike on Sunday in some governorates after a failed meeting with Minister of Communication Atef Helmy on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

Helmy offered them an allowance of a minimum of 100 EGP ($14.3) and maximum 150 EGP ($21.5) starting in July.

The workers who participated in the meeting withdrew from it and decided to continue their strike because their demands were not responded, head of post office union Mohamed Saftawy said. Helmy offered them cashing a month’s salary as an incentive of 300 EGP ($43.1) minimum and 600 EGP ($86.2) maximum, plus cashing an incentive for workers, according to the authority’s budget.

Saftawy added in a press statement on Saturday that workers insist on their demands to dismiss head of the post office authority Ashraf Gamal and his advisors, to follow the cabinet directly, to give workers an allowance of seven percent of the salary starting in July and to increase salaries’ incentive to 30 percent.

Cairo and Giza post office workers joined the strike, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper. Strike administration held some meetings on Friday to prepare for the strike and coordinate with all areas nationwide, secretary general of the Post Office Union Zeinab Fouad said.

In Alexandria, post office workers and employees continued their open strike for the eighth consecutive day amid the anger of citizens, especially pensioners.

Additional reporting by Ashraf Azzouz.

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