Nationwide Strike of More than 500 Post Offices
Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS),19th May 2012:
Press here to read Some of the letters of solidarity that have come in for striking postal workers in Egypt. The UNI europa Post & Logistics Committee also passed a resolution in support of the workers
For the third time in two weeks, and The Qualitative Workers Union (which is under establishment and comprises 13 independent syndicates) has called for nationwide strikes at more than 500 post office demanding the abolishment of the decision of head of the organization that requires workers to be on duty on Saturday without extra payment like it is in all governmental sectors. Moreover, this decision contradicts with that of the Prime Minister, number 1 for the year 2006 according to which Fridays and Saturdays are official holidays for all workers in the country.
Workers at all post offices in Bani Suef governorate, Minya and Eastern Cairo and t Red Sea governorate are on strike.
The demonstrators demanded the implementation of what was agreed upon after their last strike, which they ended in early April after they were promised the establishment of a fact-finding commission, in which workers take part, to investigate files of corruption within the organization. The head of the organization ignored the recommendations and composed a commission out of his entourage without hiring an outsider as agreed upon.
Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services declares its solidarity with the demands of postal workers and asserts their rights to what was decreed for Saturdays, and emphasizes that circumventing around upon what was agreed following a previous strike, namely, last month, aims at igniting the situation once more deliberately by the head of the organization and his henchmen. CTUWS also calls on all democratic forces in the Egyptian society to unite with postal workers to realize their legitimate demands.