Military police were dispatched on Wednesday to Cairo International Airport’s new Terminal 3 building, of which Egyptair and its Star Alliance partners are the sole occupants, to secure the building and reopen its cargo operations after cargo workers went on strike.
The protesters said they were holding an open-ended strike until the company responded to their demands, which were announced on Wednesday morning.
The demands include increasing the number of workers to ease the workload, increased salaries, and access to all of the services and opportunities available to employees of Egypt Air’s other companies. The workers say they have been ignored by all airport officials, with the exception of an official body that met with them to discuss the reasons for their strike and to identify their demands.
Chairman of the Egypt Air Holding Company Hussein Masoud had set 29 September as the date for a Legal Committee to discuss the demands with the workers. However, the workers rejected the date, and demanded an immediate agreement to their demands, saying that they had raised their demands several times before.