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Egypt: Another strike and many protests

Egyptian doctors and university faculty have joined the crowds and decided to protest against their low salaries.

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Hossam El Hamalawy, wrote about the on going protests and sit-ins in front of the Doctors’ Syndicate, which have been organized by Doctors without Rights:

The sit in at the Doctors’ Syndicate, called for by Doctors Without Rights, has started, coupled with protests in several hospitals across the country… The protests are to continue until the 21st of March, when the General Assembly of the Syndicate meets again, amid fury among the rank and file over the Syndicate Board’s decision to postpone indefinitely the strike planned on the 15th….

And quoting Kareem El Behery, Hossam wrote:

كانت نقابة الاطباء العامة بالقاهرة قد اصدرت بيان الاسبوع الماضى تطالب فيه كل الاطباء عن طريق النقابات الفرعية بتنظيم وقفة احتجاجية امس السبت للمطالبة بتحسين الاجر

Last week, the Doctors’ Syndicate issued a statement asking all the doctors to have a sit in last Saturday demanding a raise in salaries.

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As for Egyptian university teaching staff, the situation is very similar.

From the blog “Egyptian Universities Strike”, quoting Q & A’s for the March 23rd Strike:

س: ما هي الجامعات التي يشملها الإضراب؟
ج: يشمل الإضراب جميع الجامعات الحكومية المصرية.
س: كيف أشارك في الإضراب؟
ج: المشاركة في الإضراب تعني:
‌أ. التواجد في محل العمل من بداية اليوم الدراسي.
‌ب. الامتناع عن أداء جميع الأعمال التعليمية.
‌ج. إعلان المشاركة في الإضراب.
س: أنا عضو هيئة تدريس بكلية الطب، هل أتوقف عن أداء الخدمات الطبية بالمستشفى الجامعي يوم الإضراب؟
ج: لا، الأعمال الطبية في المستشفيات الجامعية مستمرة ولا يشملها الإضراب.
س: كيف أعلن مشاركتي في الإضراب؟
ج: إعلان المشاركة في الإضراب تتم بإحدى الوسائل التالية:
‌أ. تعليق شارة الإضراب.
‌ب. تعليق علامة الإضراب على باب المكتب أو المعمل.
‌ج. التجمع في مكان ظاهر تحت لافتة الإضراب.
س: كيف أشارك في الإضراب إذا لم يكن لدي واجبات تدريسية يوم 23 مارس؟
ج: يكفي التواجد في الجامعة وتعليق شارة الإضراب.

1. Which universities are included in the strike?
All Egyptian Government universities.

2. How can I take part in this strike?
To take part in the strike means:
a. you would attend your working place at the start of the day.
b. not do any of your educational duties.
c. publicize that you are taking part in the strike.

3. I am a member in the teaching staff in the faculty of medicine, so should I stop my medical duties at the university’s hospital on the day of the strike?
No, the medical duties in the universities’ hospitals should continue.

4. How to publicize taking part in the strike?
You can do so by:
a. Holding up the strike sign.
b. Placing the strike sign on the door of your lab or your office.
c. Gathering near the sign at the protest place.

5. How can I take part in the strike if I didn’t have teaching duties on that day?
It’s enough to be there and to hold the sign.

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