Scores of electricity workers protest for diverse job demands

Labour protests within Egypt’s electricity sector have escalated as workers at seven power plants staged sit-ins calling for “tangible solutions to their problems.” They denounced what they described as the Electricity Ministry’s “campaign of deception and delay.”

Technicians and administrative officers organized strikes at the Nubariya plant in Beheira, Tebbin and Karimat in Helwan, Abu Sultan in Ismailia, and Oyoun Moussa and Ataqa in Suez.

The protesters said they chose to stage the sit-ins at their workplaces so that work in the vital sector can continue.

Damietta’s Kafr al-Battikh plant also saw a number of small-scale demonstrations calling for permanent job contracts. Protesters denounced the failure to dismiss allegedly corrupt officials at the Electricity Ministry. They created a Facebook group to communicate with other fellow workers in the sector.

The Damietta protesters also demanded danger and housing allowances, an increase to their basic salaries, and the elevation of their job rankings to reflect the certification they have obtained while in their posts. They also called for the resignation of the head of the Egyptian Electric Holding Company.

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