Shubra Metro Workers on Strike and Trains Work without Maintenance
For more than four consecutive days 1000 workers in maintenance workshops in Metro Shubra have been on A Strike. They demand the application of the ministerial decree number 1 for the year 2006 which decrees Fridays and Saturdays as a paid holiday and limits number of working hours to 35 per week. These rights are neglected the Railway Organization that demand workers to be on duty for 208 hours per month which amounts to 54 per week with no compensation for those extra working hours. Moreover, laborers demand housing and transportation allowance that has been granted to drivers. Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress (EDLC0) and Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) declare their solidarity with workers and their legitimate demands . In addition they demand rapid interference that allow negotiations with workers. Surprisingly contrary to all expectations, in a confrontational act, the Organization refrained trains from being maintained and continuing with their trips which pose risk, danger and havoc and endangers lives of passengers.
EDLC and CTUWS request all avid and democratic forces in Egypt to advocate these strikes.