Egyptian train drivers strike for higher wages

CAIRO, April 7 (Xinhua) — A nationwide strike by Egyptian train drivers demanding bonuses paralyzed the country’s railway service on Sunday, a Xinhua reporter said.

Nagwa Albert, head of the Egyptian Railway Authority’s (ERA) Central Administration, told Xinhua that the ERA decided to raise all workers’ salaries by 10 percent besides overtime and extra dues.

“Drivers surprisingly rejected it and suspended their work,” Albert continued, noting that ERA Chairman Hussein Zakariya is ready to negotiate with those on strike.

The train drivers’ strike turned 14 trains motionless in various governorates, causing a state of disorder and confusion across the country.