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Egypt's train drivers, conductors strike, halt services across country

  • Tear gas fills downtown as protesters clash with security forces in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters outside the chief prosecutor's office Saturday in central Cairo who were pushing on the building's doors demanding he resign.(AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy)

    Tear gas fills downtown as protesters clash with security forces in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters outside the chief prosecutor's office Saturday in central Cairo who were pushing on the building's doors demanding he resign.(AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protester throws away a tear gas canister fired by security forces in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters outside the chief prosecutor's office Saturday in central Cairo after they tried to push on the building's doors demanding he resign.(AP Photo/Virginie Nguyen Hoang)

    A protester throws away a tear gas canister fired by security forces in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters outside the chief prosecutor's office Saturday in central Cairo after they tried to push on the building's doors demanding he resign.(AP Photo/Virginie Nguyen Hoang)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian Samir Mancy, 60, holds a red card with Arabic reading, "Morsi step down", during a rally in front of the general prosecutor's office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Arabic on the hat reads, "I'm hungry." Thousands of activists took to the streets Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of a leading opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement, and to push a long list of demands, including the formation of a more inclusive government amid a worsening economy. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egyptian Samir Mancy, 60, holds a red card with Arabic reading, "Morsi step down", during a rally in front of the general prosecutor's office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Arabic on the hat reads, "I'm hungry." Thousands of activists took to the streets Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of a leading opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement, and to push a long list of demands, including the formation of a more inclusive government amid a worsening economy. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

A union of Egypt's train drivers and conductors announced they have gone on strike, the latest in a seemingly endless series of work stoppages to hit the country in the past two years.

The strike began Sunday, hours after authorities approved a 10 percent hike in the allowance routinely given to train drivers and conductors. The raise was rejected as too little.

Trains in stations nationwide were not running.

The labor unrest that followed the 2011 toppling of autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak has deepened Egypt's economic woes as well as the political schism pitting President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist allies against the mostly secular and liberal opposition.

The strike followed a night of clashes on Saturday in downtown Cairo between police and opposition supporters.