Friday, June 14, 2013

■ EGYPT: Egyptair pilot strike called off after just 12 hours following Minister's intervention.

EgyptairEgyptAir (MS) pilots ended a 12-hour sit-in at Cairo International Airport on Thursday over pay and conditions following a meeting with Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister, Engineer Wael al-Maadawy who promised he would "study their demands and discuss terms with a staff delegation".

Egyptair Strike CairoPilots had demanded better workplace conditions, the application of tighter financial regulations and new company management as current management had proven "unpopular" with the workforce. In particular, pilots demanded the dismissal of Egyptair's president, Captain Roshdy Zakaria, and his replacement with a "consensus president".

Some 12 flights heading to Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Accra, Amsterdam, Baghdad, Casablanca, Madrid, Manchester and Tunisia had been delayed as a result of the strike, The Egypt Independent reported.

North Africa has been riddled with strikes in the last few weeks. Most recently, Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, had to personally intervene in a pending strike in Tripoli by Libyan Airlines' staff over  pay and work conditions.