Mass resignations among EgyptAir pilots over new financial regulation
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CAIRO: At least 250 pilots with national carrier EgyptAir tendered a mass resignation Wednesday over new financial regulations, according to head of the Egyptian Pilots Association Sherif el Manawy.

“The new financial regulation violates the labor laws and has many legal flaws,” said Manawy, pointing out that the suggested regulation shows a “blatant bias to a particular class” in the EgyptAir Company.

According to the new financial regulation, pay raises and other financial merits are “unjustly” granted to EgyptAir Holding’s administrators and top management, Manawy told Youm7, adding that more than 250 pilots would gathered Wednesday in the headquarters of the association to discuss the situation and potential further steps if demands are not met.

Secretary General of the Egyptian Civilian Pilots Syndicate Ahmed Mashaal told Youm7 that the Syndicate has filed a lawsuit against the Civil Aviation Authority demanding the amendment of the working hours for the Egyptian pilots.

“The new regulation violates the standard minimum number of actual and simulated flight hours per day specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s standards,” said Mashaal.

In June 2013, the then-Minister of Civil Aviation Wael al-Maadawy dismissed 15 EgyptAir workers after they had a strike for better financial conditions, according to Al-Ahram.

Founded in 1932, EgyptAir is based at Cairo International Airport and operates scheduled passenger and freight services to more than 75 destinations. The national company joined the Star Alliance in 2008.

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