AUC workers and students gathered on campus January 9, to await the outcome of further meetings between workers and the administration concerning workers’ as of yet unmet demands.
“People might not care because this issue might not touch their personal interests…we need to show them it is important,” said Nour Ayman, a student who was present.
The demands had been presented to the administration last October after discontent over pay and working hours led to a four-day workers strike.
The meeting with Brian MacDougall, vice president for planning and administration, specifically addressed demands for every Saturday to be granted as a day off, with workers pushing for equality as staff, faculty, and students are given this day of the weekend off.
MacDougall promised the formation of a committee within 10 days, made up of workers' representatives, administrators, and faculty members, to study the impact of meeting their demand, which could result in placing more pressure on workers, and prolonging their work hours.
In the wake of the recent suicide bombing in Alexandria, the AUC administration has decided to tighten security measures as well as strictly enforce new safety protocols.
In an email sent almost a week after the New Year’s Day bombing, Brian MacDougall, the vice-president for Planning and Administration, informed the AUC community that entrance to the New Cairo and Downtown campuses will continue to be rigorously monitored by security. Those wishing to access campus must show valid IDs, have their bags screened by x-ray machines and walk through metal detectors at all campus gates.
MacDougall added that “there will be no exceptions,” even if such long-running protocols seem unnecessary to some.
He added that carrying an AUC ID at all times is essential to guarantee access to campus, as well as avoiding any security checks. Any vehicle carrying passengers, especially without AUC ID cards will be checked by both mirrors and bomb-sniffing dogs, MacDougall said.
The American University in Cairo's students organized a sit-in on January 5 to express solidarity with the victims of the New Year's Eve church bombing in Alexandria and urge Egyptians to stay united irrespective of religion.