Sharqia police strike over low pay
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CAIRO: Hundreds of policemen in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Sharqia went on strike Saturday in protest of low wages and poor working conditions, Al-Ahram reported.

Several low-ranking police officers and interior ministry civilian employees closed off the gates of police stations in Sharqia demanding better pay, enforcing the promotion system and other financial rights including payment of incentives due for June and July and an increase in their end-of-service incentive payment.

“We demand raising our danger allowance, which covers us while executing our duties, as in the case of police officers. We also demand raising our meal allowance rate to 20 EGP ($2.7) per day,” an interior ministry civilian employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Al Tahrir newspaper Saturday.

The interior ministry civilian employees also demanded that they and their families be hospitalized in police hospitals as is the case with police officers.

Last week, interior ministry civilian employees and low-ranking police officers in Sharqia security directorate and other police stations within the governorate announced an open strike over the same demands.

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