Govt pledges salary hikes for state employees amid continued protests

The Egyptian government intends to double the salaries of its state employees over the next five years, Minister of State for Administrative Development Ahmed Darwish said.

Darwish argued salary increases introduced since 2004 have successfully combated inflation.

The government is also working to reform Egypt's subsidy network to ensure the system benefits its intended targets, according to Darwish, who added that energy subsidies mostly go to the wealthy.

An Egyptian court in April ruled to set a new minimum wage that takes inflation into account, resulting in a recent government decision to implement an LE400 per month wage figure.

Hundreds of Egyptian workers, however, continue to protest the decision, calling on the government to raise the figure to LE1200.

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