Postal worker strikes stall housing initiative
One of the Egypt's Post offices - YOUM7 (Archive)
By AHMED ABU SHADY

CAIRO: Strikes and sit-ins by postal workers are impacting services offered by the Egypt Post to citizens seeking to book housing units in the government’s social housing program, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

The Ministry of Housing opened up last Sunday 10,000 housing units in 13 governorates for which the Central Bank of Egypt is to assist with mortgages. The Egypt Post launched a special service to receive citizen applications to book the housing units, El Mogaz reported.

Post offices were supposed to send the applications to banks to allow applicants to complete the other procedures required to book units, the newspaper reported.

But applicants are facing difficulties in booking the units due to the continuous closure of post offices and calls for strikes, an inside source told Youm7. The source said the applicants may be forced to travel from Upper Egypt to present their applications in person.

Egypt Post workers have protested in Cairo for 13 days consecutively to demand the application of the minimum wage law and other fiscal privileges.

They are also complaining that new workers are receiving the same salary as counterparts who have been working at the Egypt Post for years, Sada El-Balad newspaper reported Thursday.

Security forces arrested on Wednesday four workers from the 6th of October City post office for organizing strikes, and the Alexandria prosecution renewed custody for four other workers Tuesday morning who are accused of organizing strikes, the newspaper reported.

Additional reporting by Heba Al Said.    

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