CAIRO: Postal workers in Cairo continued their strike for the 10th day in a row, according to a statement from center for trade union and workers services.
Postal workers protesting at the headquarters of the central postal administration in Attaba Square were surprised Tuesday morning by the Minister of Communications and chairperson of the postal commission to hold a negotiating session at the strike center in Ramses square.
Attending the session were the members of the Egyptian Postal Workers Union and the postal workers who are protesting at Ramses Square, however workers representing the Qualitative Workers Union were excluded from this negotiation.
The union statement said that some postal workers had been attacked by “thugs” affiliated with the Minister of Communications and the General Syndicate when they tried to attend the negotiation session, statement reads.
Head of the Qualitative Postal Workers Union, Mohamed Al Saftawy said the “Minister of Communications and the chairperson of the National Postal Authority have to bear the full responsibility for this.”
Saftawy added that the Qualitative Workers Union comprises 16 independent syndicates and 20,000 workers, which “proves that this Union is the real representative for postal workers even if the Chairperson ignores this fact.”
The Center for Trade Unions and Workers’ Services declared their solidarity with the postal workers who are demanding the dismissal of the National Postal Authority chairperson and the implementation of the minimum wage in addition to the dismissal of all of the authority’s advisers.
Thousands of postal workers started the strike in a dozen governorates to demand changes in management and wages.
More than 100 postal workers announced their sit-in at the headquarters of the General Directorate, demanding the implement of the minimum wage law after they were excluded on the basis that the law cannot be applied to them because they are an economic authority.
The workers demanded the government pay a 7 percent bonus according to the labor law, seeking to amend their salary structure in order to minimize the salary gap between workers. They also rejected the return of advisers who were removed after their last strike.
“We demand the ‘social justice’ called for by the Egyptian revolution of January 25”, workers said.