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Egypt tax collectors protest new civil service law as unfair, could herald massive layoffs

  • Tax and custom workers protest against a new law seeking to reform the country’s mammoth civil service, calling it unfair and unconstitutional, in Cairo, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. About 2,000 tax and customs workers protested Monday in Cairo, urging President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to scrap the law and fire his finance and planning ministers. It was one of the largest anti-government rallies amid a crackdown on dissent.  (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)

    Tax and custom workers protest against a new law seeking to reform the country’s mammoth civil service, calling it unfair and unconstitutional, in Cairo, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. About 2,000 tax and customs workers protested Monday in Cairo, urging President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to scrap the law and fire his finance and planning ministers. It was one of the largest anti-government rallies amid a crackdown on dissent. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protestor tears and burns a card, reading in Arabic: The Civil Service Law, in Cairo, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. Egyptian tax collectors have rallied against a new law seeking to reform the country’s mammoth civil service, calling it unfair and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)

    A protestor tears and burns a card, reading in Arabic: The Civil Service Law, in Cairo, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. Egyptian tax collectors have rallied against a new law seeking to reform the country’s mammoth civil service, calling it unfair and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tax and custom workers protest against a new law seeking to reform the country’s mammoth civil service, calling it unfair and unconstitutional, in Cairo, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. About 2,000 tax and customs workers protested Monday in Cairo, urging President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to scrap the law and fire his finance and planning ministers. It was one of the largest anti-government rallies amid a crackdown on dissent.  (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)

    Tax and custom workers protest against a new law seeking to reform the country’s mammoth civil service, calling it unfair and unconstitutional, in Cairo, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. About 2,000 tax and customs workers protested Monday in Cairo, urging President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to scrap the law and fire his finance and planning ministers. It was one of the largest anti-government rallies amid a crackdown on dissent. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of Egyptian tax collectors have rallied against a new law seeking to reform the country's mammoth civil service, calling it unfair and unconstitutional.

Critics say the law — passed in the absence of a parliament in Egypt — exempts segments of the civil service, including doctors and teachers, and threatens to dramatically reduce the force of more than 6 million employees.

About 2,000 tax and customs workers protested Monday in Cairo, urging President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to scrap the law and fire his finance and planning ministers. It was one of the largest anti-government rallies amid a crackdown on dissent.

The law, endorsed before Egypt hosted a conference in March to draw foreign investment, aims to reform a complex wages system and introduces evaluation as basis for promotion.