EGYPT: Root of All Evil

The five-man strike committee last week demanded a wage boost from $12 to $20 a month, an increase in clothing allowances from $40 to $48 a year. The boss said no. When the committee insisted that the boss could well afford the increase, the boss called the cops, had the committeemen ejected from the premises. Nobody invoked the Wagner Act. The committeemen were monks, the boss was the abbott of the ancient Coptic Christian monastery of Moharrak, 250 miles south of Cairo.


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