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10,000 textile workers on strike in Egypt
Feb '14
Around 10,000 workers from the biggest public sector textile company of Egypt, Misr Spinning and Weaving Company, situated at El-Mahalla El-Kubra industrial city in the middle of Nile Delta, are on a strike since February 10, 2014, over the non-payments of their yearly bonus, Arham Online reported.
The workers are demanding that the state-owned textile firm immediately pay the last installment of their yearly bonus, which was scheduled to be disbursed by December 2013, as well as implement the 1,200 Egyptian pounds (approx. US$ 172) minimum wage.
The workers of the textile firm had entered into an agreement with the Government of Egypt last year that stipulated a profit-sharing bonus payment to be given through installments and distributed equally amongst employees of the Misr Spinning and Weaving company, which included all the workers in the public textile sector and not only those of the El-Mahalla city.
Three of the installments have been paid by the Government of Egypt, however, the last installment of the yearly bonus has not yet been disbursed.
The textile workers are also demanding the dismissal of the chairman of the firm Fouad Abdel-Alim Hassan, as well as the inclusion of labor representatives on the company’s administrative board.
The Government of Egypt has agreed to disburse the last installments of the yearly bonus which amounts to 157 million Egyptian pounds ($22.5 million) within this week.
But, the textile workers said they would continue to strike until the rest of their demands are met.

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