Egypt: ERTU staff ask for payment
February 21, 2022
By Chris Forrester
Egypt’s ERTU public broadcaster has reportedly not been paying its employees on time. This dilemma prompted a number of staff to publicly complain.
The complainants carried banners and staged demonstrations outside the giant Nile-side Maspero tower in Cairo which houses the organisation.
However, these actions have resulted in some employees being “disciplined” according to local reports. The disciplinary measures included salary deductions of between five and fifteen days.
The complaints focus on a new attendance system introduced in January which require staff to work at least 7 hours per day on their TV or radio tasks. The complainants say these new rules mean they cannot take on a second job which they say is essential in order to make ends meet with the rising cost of basic essentials in Egypt.