Drivers ‘march’ buses to cabinet building, reiterate demands

Hundreds of  public bus drivers "marched" their buses in procession Thursday from the Public Transportation Authority's office in Nasr City to the cabinet building in Garden City.

The drivers hoisted banners demanding better pay and working conditions. Before the march, an anonymous transportation authority official said the authority had submitted a list of their demands to Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

Security forces cordoned the cabinet's premises. The drivers caused a traffic jam that lasted for hours as they left their vehicles in the middle of the road.

On Tuesday, drivers, conductors and technicians at 20 garages across Cairo broadened their partial strike, which had begun Sunday. The workers accused the authority's head, Mona Mostafa, of failing to fulfill her promises to respond to their demands.

The workers are also calling for bonus increases and improved transportation service for citizens.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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