Pharmacists to strike March 8: syndicate
Pharmacists’ Syndicate - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Pharmacists Syndicate announced a partial strike on Saturday beginning March 8 to demand a “fair medical cadre” that includes all pharmacists in government facilities, according to a statement.

The syndicate will form a committee to manage the strike and set March 7 as a deadline for the government to begin “serious negotiations” to implement the pharmacists’ demands, the statement said.

The demands include issuing a ministerial decree obligating pharmaceutical companies to withdraw expired medicine from pharmacies, and adopting the bill drafted by the syndicate to establish a general authority of medicine and pharmacy.

The syndicate also set mid-March as a deadline for the Egyptian Tax Authority to finalize a “fair taxes agreement,” otherwise it would submit a tax return that follows a 2005 tax agreement, the statement said.

The board of directors of the Pharmacists Syndicate said it would refer pharmacists who do not comply with its decision to investigation in its sub-unions, the statement said.

The pharmacists’ strike will coincide with the strike announced by the Doctors’ Syndicate, which has been organizing partial strikes twice a week since February in protest against the incentives law.

Originally published in Youm7.

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