“Beginning this month, 200 buses will be replaced, 300 by the end of this year, 300 more by the end of 2011, and another 300 by the end of 2012,” explained Khaled Mostafa, spokesperson from the Cairo Governorate of Transport, explained,
Although the existing bus routes will remain unchanged, what is significant about this project is, not only will public transportation users be able to enjoy riding in newer, safer buses, but the “bus drivers will be required to undergo training programs to improve the level of their performance on the job”, Mostafa elaborated.
Activists and labor leaders have rejected statements by Minister of Economic Development Othman Mohamed Othman in which he said the minimum wage will be set at LE280. They criticized the distribution of salaries and accused Othman of manipulating inflation rates.
Kamal Abu Eita, a labor leader, rejected the new minimum wage, saying that an appropriate minimum wage should be set at LE2700. However, he suggested, given the unfair distribution of wages and talk of constraints on the state budget, the minimum wage could be set at LE1200.
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Thursday, 6 May 2010 by Cairene