Public transport drivers threaten general strike

The Public Transport Authority threatened Tuesday to stage an all-out strike coinciding with the start of the school year.

They demand that control of the PTA be transferred to the Transportation Ministry from Cairo Governorate and the dispersal of bonuses that had been agreed on with the PTA, as well as an improvement in working conditions.

Twenty-eight PTA garages are taking part in the strike starting Saturday, said Tarek al-Baheiri, head of the independent syndicate.

Beheiri said that some of President Mohamed Morsy's aides told the syndicate that a meeting with Morsy is possible on Wednesday, adding that the strike is an option in case the meeting does not yield positive results.

Public transport workers staged a strike a few months ago that emptied the streets of Cairo of the buses that many Egyptians depend on. They ended their strike after the government pledged to meet their demands.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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