Saturday, 31 October 2015

The workers’ strike at Egypt’s biggest textile factory has entered its 10th day as the administration threatens to end staff contracts if they do not return to work, Quds Press reported on Friday.

In order to return to work, the workers’ have demanded that the company officially agree on payment of a “social allowance” equivalent to a ten per cent addition to their monthly pay.

They also want this payment to be counted retrospectively starting on the date it was pledged by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

According to Quds Press, the workers became enraged after seven members of staff were turned over to investigation services over claims they had incited the workers to go on strike.

Quds Press reported that the company had agreed to the additional payment, but that the workers said they would not go back to work unless a statement including the decision was posted on the factory notice board.

The company branch in Mahala placed a statement on Wednesday that included threatening nine workers to be dismissed from work and turning seven others over to investigators.

The workers tore down the statement and said they would return to work only after the company places a new statement that includes its agreement to making the additional payment.

Monitors said that this strike recalled the strikes during the last days of the Mubarak era, when a wide range of workers went on strike and arguably sparked the flash that ignited the 25 January Revolution.

Source: Middle East Monitor.