Security forces on alert ahead of workers’ protest on Labor Day
Egyptian security forces

CAIRO: Security Forces have intensified their presence outside the Journalists’ Syndicate headquarters downtown amid calls for protests against public servants’ ‘deteriorating’ conditions during the celebration of Egyptian Labor Day, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Some Central Security Forces vehicles have been stationed at the entrances and side streets in the vicinity of the syndicate headquarters to prevent protests from occurring; however, some small altercations occurred between some labors and security forces.

On April 22, Solidarity Movement, a campaign consisting of 36 labor unions and syndicates against the newly rejected Public Service Law, called for protests to be staged outside the Syndicate headquarters against public servants’ conditions, Al-Bedaiah reported.

In September 2015, dozens of tax and custom authorities’ employees have gathered outside the Journalists Syndicate in protest of the new law, Al-Ahram reported. They said that the “unfair” law was issued without prior study or consultation and that “it should have been put up for a community dialogue before being certified, given that it is to apply to 75 percent of public sector employees.”

Since November 2013, it has been illegal to protest in Egypt without prior approval by security forces.

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