CAIRO: Thousands of veterinarians who work in slaughterhouses took part in a partial strike Wednesday, protesting against the government’s neglect of their demands, which includes enrolling them in the medical profession cadre, reported Youm7.
The veterinarians are also protesting against the incentives law and demand the adoption of the original cadre law. They also called for the commissioning law for fresh graduates to be maintained, protesting against government calls for its amendment.
The syndicate’s statement on March 6 said that since 1995 many graduates have not been able to find full-time veterinary job positions.
The strike includes more than 470 slaughterhouses and more than 1,700 veterinary units throughout Egypt. The strike will include the Veterinary Medicine Directorate, and veterinarians working in the central security sector. Government hospitals and prisons are excluded from the strike.
On Monday the General Syndicate for Veterinarians held a general assembly at Dar al-Hekma to discuss several issues along with veterinarians’ demands.
Chairperson of the Veterinary Syndicate Samy Taha told Al-Ahram Gate on Monday that the agenda of the general assembly included what the syndicate board has discussed so far with the government regarding the “legitimate” rights of veterinarians.
In February, Taha called on stakeholders to list veterinarians working in government positions in the upcoming medical incentives law.
Last February, veterinarian Ahmed Abdel Fattah, a member of Cairo’s veterinary sub-syndicate council, said that several veterinarians will stage an open strike at the garden of the Union of Medical Professionals until their demands are met.
The veterinarians previously participated in the doctor’s strike in February and March, demanding to be included in the medical profession cadre, which includes financial and administrative benefits such as promotions, training sessions, and insurance.
The Veterinary Syndicate held its first election since 1996 on March 28. The Supreme Judicial Committee tasked with the supervision of the Veterinary Syndicate’s elections announced on March 28 that the independence list won 11 out of 12 seats in the syndicate’s council.
Despite the syndicate announcing they will conduct a full strike every Wednesday starting in April, the Taha said in an April 2 press statement that they will implement a partial strike that government hospitals and prisons will be excluded from.
The Veterinary Syndicate will launch a full strike, in protest against the current government’s neglect of their demands, the syndicate announced in statement issued April 3.
Additionally reporting by Walid Abdel Salam.