The 25th January revolution aimed to freedom, Justice, and social equality. Egyptians wanted to live a life where they can buy simple goods in order to live. The issue of poor wages and working conditions has been widely debated in Egypt after the revolution and also before it. The wages are not enough in order to live an acceptable life. If the people are working and still not living a presentable life at least, then this is the problem of the government to re-establish a new wage system and to implement it as soon as possible. Egyptians want to touch and feel the change after he revolution.
Actually, the government is trying to solve the problem of the poor wages but Egyptians have not seen any change in the system yet. The issue of setting a minimum wage is not the only problem, but also determining a maximum wage to executives and chiefs. During Mubarak’s regime, most of the ministers and chiefs in the government had high salaries compared to what the regular worker takes. So what led to the current situation? Is it the corruption during Mubarak’s regime, or the lack of ethics among the government officials who put the laws? Both reasons resulted in a badly chosen wage system that led to social inequality and injustice.
During Mubarak’s rule, it was known to everyone that people holding respectable positions in the government get salaries that may reach to hundred thousand pounds but this is Just the salary or the official amount that is known to the people. There were other benefits that they got due to the corruption in the system of Mubarak. For example, cars, villas, bribes and so on. The big men in the government forgot the poor Egyptians who cannot buy enough food to live. The main problem of wages in Egypt is that there is a huge gap between the minimum wage and the maximum wage.
Another issue is that the prices of most goods in the market increase while the salary remains the same. So how can the people handle this increase of prices while having the same amount of money or income? It is impossible to buy the same things you used to buy with no doubt. Salaries in Egypt are not determined fairly at all. In the article “Egypt young doctors protest working conditions” which was published in August 2009 during Mubarak’s regime, it entions a protest that was done by young fresh graduate doctors who claimed that their salary was Just 150 L.
E per month and that how come after studying medicine for more than 6 years, they only get 1 50 pounds. According to Ahmed Atef, a doctor who created and participated in the protest, “Our starting salary is around LE 150 a month, and what can we expect after 10 years of practice? 900 pounds”. Moreover, Atef compares the Saudi doctors’ salaries with the Egyptian doctors’ ones. He stated that “They start off with LE 15,000. Of course Saudi Arabia’s finances are much better, ut the gap is far too wide! “.
I think because of this story, the working conditions in Egypt must change to the better in order to make Egyptians proud of working to their country. Working conditions in Egypt make doctors, engineers, etc. travel and work in Gulf countries because such countries know the value of such workers. Another comparison has to be done in order to highlight how bad the working conditions in Egypt look like. I asked a garbage man or waste collector who works in Egypt how much is his salary per month. He told me that he takes 70 L.
E per month from the overnment but of course what makes him still living is the money he gets from the people in the street. On the other hand, in the U. S, an “average salary for garbage man Jobs is $24,000. Average garbage man salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits. ” This comparison shows that the garbage man in the U. S gets $2,000 per month and the Egyptian garbage man gets 70 L. E per month. I think that there are no words that can explain the working conditions in Egypt. The old system of Mubarak mainly led to the current and previous situation of poor wages.