Textile workers seeking higher wages resort to indefinite strike

It seems state-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving Company, Egypt’s largest textile spinning and weaving plant is facing tough times as, the workers have resorted to an indefinite strike in association with the anti-government activists, in a wake to get their demand fulfilled for a hike in the minimum wage.

As the protest begun on February 10, the workers and activists locked the premises of the Egypt’s largest factory and assembled before the administrative offices, agitating for their demands. They are seeking a court order directing a rise in the minimum wages under the new wage structure, which is to become effective soon.

The factory employs 24,000 workers in Al-Mahalla al-Kubra’s Nile Delta city, hundreds of whom have already taken part in the agitation, while thousands are expected to join as the protest becomes powerful.

The assurances extended by the newly constituted Egyptian government that it would increase the salaries and pensions in the public sector by 15 percent, which came about as a part of the efforts to calm down the agitators, too, has failed to normalize the situation. The strikes and protests are still continuing.


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