Egypt: ‘We’re paid by the penny’ – Rail strikers tell their stories

Striking Egyptian train drivers explain their demands and the repression they faced from the army during their strike. The opening title says:

“7 April 2013 – train drivers began a national strike for the first time since 1986 in order to win the following demands:

1. Bonus payment
2. Meal allowance payment
3. Increase in the allowance per kilometre from 11 qirsh (1.1p) to 25 qirsh (2.5p)
4. Implementation of the national pay framework for drivers agreed by the government
5. Holiday payment”

What you can do:

  • Rush messages of support for the Egyptian railway workers to us for forwarding to Egypt via
  • Send urgent protests to the Egyptian Embassy in your country (Email the Egyptian Embassy in the UK here: )
  • Take a picture of yourself and your colleagues with this sign and send to us via Twitter (@menasolidarity) or Facebook


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