Aviation workers threaten to strike and partially close airspace

Dozens of aviation workers continued their protest at Cairo International Airport Thursday to demand the sacking of the head of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation Mohie Ragheb.

The workers also demanded a salary increase like the one given to the company’s air traffic controllers, which went up from LE500 to LE1000; no other airport workers received similar pay increases.

The protesters accused Ragheb of showing preference to the air traffic control sector, at which he worked prior to being appointed  head of the company.

The demonstrators threatened escalate matters further with a strike, which could result in the partial closure of airspace. Protesters had previously blocked Ragheb’s office, preventing him from leaving, before turning to calling for his resignation.

Sources said that negotiations are currently taking place between the company and the protesters, and that a committee including two employees from each aviation sector will meet with the newly appointed aviation minister in order to come to an agreement that could end the strike.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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