Skip to comments.Strikes sweep Egypt as economy struggles
Posted on 03/02/2014 4:49:29 PM PST by dynachrome
The Egyptian government, sworn in on Saturday, takes office as a fresh wave of labour unrest sweeps the country, adding to the turmoil from a chaotic and violent political transition.
In a televised address on Sunday, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said he called on the patriotism of Egyptians and that this was the moment for work, not strikes. A crippling stoppage by bus drivers last week has just ended but postal workers in many parts of the country remain on strike. Doctors, pharmacists, steel and textile workers have all carried out industrial actions in recent days.
The strike by about 38,000 public bus drivers forced authorities to use the army and the private sector to provide alternative services. The drivers finally agreed to a $30 increase, but their monthly pay remains below the new minimum wage of $170.
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Yup, I’ve been watching this one too.
Population 80 million or so. Tourist trade way down. Most food imported, I believe
The whole Arab spring was a complete waste. They’re going to be under military rule because its the only way to govern those people. Mubarak understood that.
“The whole Arab spring was a complete waste. Theyre going to be under military rule because its the only way to govern those people. Mubarak understood that.”
Everyone desires to be free. But without the Rule of Law AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS all you have is Rule by Gun / Tyranny
John and you agree.
Egypt wouldn’t be such a basket case if it would allow free markets. The Third World is that way because of crony capitalism. Islam is by its very nature socialistic/fascistic.