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Cairo airport baggage handlers end strike


May 19. 2013 12:38PM
Associated Press

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(AP) Cairo airport officials say baggage handlers have resumed work after a strike that left passengers on 20 international flights from Europe and Arab countries waiting several hours for luggage.


Baggage handlers went on strike Saturday afternoon to demand stronger safety measures after a colleague died when a conveyer belt used to unload luggage fell on his head.


His EgyptAir co-workers say it took more than an hour for the ambulance to arrive at the scene from the airport's onsite hospital. Hospital officials deny this, and say the ambulance arrived within 10 minutes.


EgyptAir official Alaa el-Shahawy, who is responsible for ground logistics at Cairo airport, submitted his resignation Sunday. Airport officials say he will remain in the job until an investigation is complete.


Officials spoke anonymously in line with regulations.


Associated Press


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