Egypt's public prosecution body calls head of Metro union over disruption
Egypt’s public prosecution called the head of the workers syndicate of the state-run Metro company Wednesday, accusing him of disrupting daily services of the subway due to a workers’ strike, the Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress (EDLC) stated.
According to the EDLC statement, Refaat Arfaat was called along with two of his colleagues during their negotiation session with the president’s advisor, Yehia Hamed, after receiving a phone call from a senior security official.
“I have not been called officially yet, but sources inform me that I will be soon,” Arfaat told Ahram Online Thursday.
Arfaat confirmed that Metro workers have not committed any violations and it is their legal right to stand against corruption through strike action, adding that they could return to their sit-in and protest if any worker is harmed.
On Wednesday, the three underground lines ground to a halt following a one day sit-in of Metro workers at the prominent Al-Shohdaa (Martyrs) station, demanding that company chairman Ali Hussein be sacked.
In an earlier statement, subway train drivers asserted that their strike was not for financial benefits, but out of necessity for better services and maintenance, accusing the managerial board of squandering state funds.