Omar Effendi employees protest near cabinet HQ

A group of Omar Effendi employees have congregated near the cabinet’s headquarters demanding fixed contracts and overdue payments. ‎

The angry workers, who were hired on short-term contracts, claim to have been ‎denied their salaries and bonuses for over three consecutive months.‎

The protesters called on interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to take action, saying they are struggling to cope with increasing living costs. ‎

On 7 May, Egypt’s Administrative Court annulled the deal that saw a Saudi ‎businessman purchase 90 per cent of the famous chain store.‎ Omar Effendi’s ex-owner Gamil Al-Kanbit, chairman of Saudi Anwal, is seeking to “resort to ‎the Egyptian judiciary and international arbitration to retrieve funds that belong to the ‎investors in this company.”

Omar Effendi was established in 1856 and is one of Egypt’s most iconic names.‎

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