Truck drivers in several governorates throughout Egypt continued their labour strike into its 19th consecutive day on Monday 27 December. Strikers have reportedly prevented other truck drivers from crossing the picket line, going so far in some cases as to destroy their vehicles.
Cement sales, meanwhile, have fallen noticeably as a result of the strike, with local cement factories unable to find trucks to transport their product. ‘We may actually have to close down due to the lack of transportation,” said Lafarge Cement Managing Director Ahmed Shibl.
Mohamed al-Sewidy, member of the High Committee for Heavy Transport, said the committee planned to meet with Tax Authority officials on 1 January to discuss truckers’ demands. Chief among these is the cancellation of a planned increase of truck licensing fees, decreed last month by the Finance Ministry.