On August, 22, 2023, the Egyptian staff at the BBC’s Cairo office, continue their strike for the second day for a 10-day strike which is renewable, protesting what they described as discriminatory policies against them regarding wages and financial policies.
The head of Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate, Khaled El-Balshy, expressed the full spport of the Syndicate to BBC journalists in Cairo against the discriminatory conditions they face, besides supporting their legal steps to achieve their legitimate demands.
ECESR expresses its full solidarity and support with the strikers who protest against the administration’s ignorance to solve the crisis of their bad financial conditions for more than a year, in light of the continuing administrative intransigence and discriminatory policy pursued by the organization against them.
The strike of Egyptian staff at the BBC’s Cairo office is considered the third strike after two previous ones, as the first one was a one-day strike in last June, and the second was for three days in July.
The journalists protested against whats they described as the continuing obvious discrimination against them in wages’ policies compared to other non-Egyptian colleagues, and in BBC’s other offices, including Middle East offices, such as Turkey and Lebanon.
Moreover, protesters demand that their salaries be paid in US Dollars not in the local currency (Egyptian Pound) which has recently declined in value, in addition to calculating the increase in wages based on real inflation rates, however the BBC’s Administration continues rejecting these demands.
While the Egyptian Center expresses its support to the legitimate protest of the Egyptian staff at the BBC’s Cairo office, it renews its readiness to provide all ways of legal support to them at any time, stressing the necessity to stop arbitrary and discriminatory measures against them, in addition to achieving the principles of justice, moral and financial equality for them as they are considered basic rights that are not subjected to bargaining or negotiation.