Egyptian state workers protest for better pay

Hundreds of Egyptian state employees are protesting in Cairo to demand better pay and conditions in the latest outbreak of labor unrest unleashed in the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Outside the Nile-side TV and state radio building, hundreds of public transport workers are demonstrating to demand better pay. Several hundred protesters from the state Youth and Sports Organization protested Monday in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square with similar demands.

The Central Bank of Egypt ordered banks across the country closed following a strike by employees of the National Bank, the largest state bank.

The military council ruling Egypt says security and a return to normalcy are among its top priorities.