Egypt to review minimum wage decision

The decision to set the private-sector minimum wage at LE400 a month will be reviewed by government representatives including cabinet members, sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

The Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions (EFTU) previously challenged the decision in two lawsuits, claiming the figure was too meager.

A meeting was scheduled to be held at union headquarters between EFTU President Hussein Megawer, Minister of Economic Development Dr. Othman Mohamed Othman and Minister of Manpower and Immigration Aisha Abdel Hadi to reach an agreement regarding the LE400 a month figure.

The government has been under recent pressure to set a minimum wage due to rising commodity prices.

“The EFTU insists that the minimum wage should be LE500 for the regular worker with no experience or qualifications, LE750 for workers with average qualifications and experience and LE1000 for the skilled worker with above average qualifications,” Megawer told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

EFTU representative Abdel Rahman Kheir challenged the decision in the Administrative Court.

He based his challenge on the " violation of article 23 of the Constitution which states that workers in the private and public sector must be treated equally,” Kheir told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

The court is currently reviewing a lawsuit raised by Nagi Rashad, a worker at the South Cairo grain mill and a leading figure in the workers' protest movement, who seeks the cancellation of the minimum wage decision.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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