EgyptAir flight attendants end strike

Five hundred EgyptAir flight attendants ended their strike today after their representatives met with Civil Aviation Minister Samir Embaby Metwaly on Sunday evening.

Both parties agreed that more flight attendants would be hired, and attendants who were found unable to travel for medical reasons would be transferred to administrative positions.

The airline’s flight attendants went on strike last Friday, causing several EgyptAir flights to be cancelled or delayed.

Gamal Abdel Nasser, the secretary general of the Flight Attendants Syndicate, also said that Metwaly made a landmark decision to allow EgyptAir flight attendants to wear hijabs while in uniform.

Abdel Nasser added that 70 new flight attendants would be hired over the following two days, in addition to 172 more during the following week, to address the attendants’ complaint that the airline was short-staffed.

Negotiations for a pay raise have been postponed for the moment, he added.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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