Post office workers permitted to protest in front of Cabinet

CAIRO: Post office employees were given permission to protest in front of the Cabinet Monday by the Ministry of Interior, Mohamed Saftawy, head of the Union of Post Workers, said Saturday, Youm7 reported.

Saftawy added that the protest would be held to demand the dismissal of Ashraf Gamal el-Din, head of the Postal Authority, and a 7 percent bonus.

Postal workers have been striking in several governorates over the past 14 days.

A delegation from the Post Syndicate and union met with Minister of Communication Atef Helmy Thursday in an attempt to resolve the crisis. Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Helmy said the authority lacked the finances to meet their demands.

On March 25, five strike leaders were arrested in Alexandria and transported to Borg al-Arab prison Friday , causing discontent among post office workers, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Samir Abu Bakr, head of the Independent Post Union, denounced the arrests as an attempt to pressure workers to end their strikes, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Al-Akhbar had reported Din as saying that demands by workers were illegal and that foreign groups were attempting to escalate the crisis.

Additional reporting by Ashraf Azouz.

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