21 Sep 2011

Cairo drivers escalate strike

Cairo bus drivers escalated their strike today, closing at least 10 garages out of 22 in the capital. Mohamed Mounir, one of the organisers of the action, told Ahram Online that the number of striking garages could have reached 20.
Yesterday drivers announced that they were ready to suspend the strike if their promises were met, after a meeting with the Public Transport Authority. The meeting between workers’ representatives and Mona Mostafa, president of the Authority, resulted in an agreement that there would be an increase of 200 percent on workers’ bonuses.
However Mostafa then appeared on Hayat TV, a private channel, and described the drivers already on strike as thugs. Consequently, more drivers have joined the strike today.

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