CAIRO, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Labor strikes have swept Egypt as public workers protest low pay and poor public services in the wake of the downfall of dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Teachers sent students home, buses stopped running and doctors were only providing emergency care, as more than 50 percent of the country’s workforce came to a halt, Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Wednesday.
“We are not asking for class-based demands. The Egyptian citizen has the right to find a decent service. The buses we ride are dysfunctional. We are demanding a new bus fleet because when the people pay for a bus and then it stops in the middle of the road, they get upset and fight with us,” said Ali Fattouh, head of the Public Transportation Authority’s independent syndicate in Qalyubiya.
Teachers are protesting the fact that many students must pay for private tutoring due to a lack of good public schools.
“We are parents just like we are teachers. We want better education for our children and the government should pay to improve it, not the people who are forced to pay extra money in private lessons for the lack of good education at schools,” teacher Eman Hafez said.