Fifty workers of leading Egyptian pharmaceutical company Pharco have started a hunger strike Tuesday at the company headquarters in Alexandria.
Around 1,000 workers began a strike last Wednesday to protest a two-month delay in disbursement of their annual profit share.
They have threatened to escalate their strike and cut off the vital Cairo-Alexandria desert road, the main highway linking Egypt’s two biggest cities.
Other demands include a raise of the company minimum wage to LE1,200, the payment of 50 per cent of their profit share loan and the creation of a workers’ syndicate for the company.
Workers described the management’s reaction to the strike as “abusive”, claiming the company has decided to close down the plant.
The company has not responded to the claims.