A total of 152 garbage collectors, drivers, and supervisors were referred to disciplinary committees Sunday after being charged for holding strikes.
The administrative prosecution said the workers violated the laws, as they “went on a strike for three days”, and described striking as a “crime”.
This is the first implementation of the High Cairo Court’s decision in May 2015 that any employee who has been proven to have participated in a strike will be forced into retirement for “delaying the interests of the public”.
The disciplinary measures, according to the prosecution, should act as a warning to the workers so as not to strike in the future.
In a recent development in Cairo, public transport drivers filed police reports against their management, accusing them of providing “poisoned Iftar meals”.
The Egyptian state and mainstream media have repeatedly called on workers to refrain from striking and to increase “the wheels of production”. This is to achieve stability and security, using nationalistic rhetoric to argue that striking “would allow terrorists to capitalise”.