News

Mahallah Workers End Strike, After Written Guarantee of Demands

Mahallah Workers End Strike, After Written Guarantee of Demands

Textile workers strike to demand a minimum wage, the removal of their company’s head, and back pay of yearly bonuses in Mahalla, Egypt, February 15, 2014. Credit: Sabry Khaled/ AP
Textile workers strike to demand a minimum wage, the removal of their company’s head, and back pay of yearly bonuses in Mahalla, Egypt, February 15, 2014. Credit: Sabry Khaled/ AP

By Aswat Masriya

Workers at Mahallah’s Misr Spinning and Weaving Company ended an 11-day strike Sunday following a written guarantee that they will be granted the 10 percent social allowance promised by the president to be given retroactively starting July.

Operations have been “restored fully across all departments,” state-run news agency MENA reported.

The company says that the strike has led to losses amounting to at least EGP 25 million.

In an official written decision, Egypt’s investment minister approved the allowance, retroactively, starting July as promised by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a September decree.

The social bonus seems to have been lost in translation as complex, at times conflicting laws were issued this year.

On Thursday, one of the workers, who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, said workers will continue striking until management presents a written document guaranteeing the company’s commitment to deliver their financial demands.

Even though the workers were granted the allowance, the source claimed workers were threatened that their salaries will be docked in upcoming paychecks, deducting the 11 days of the strike.

The workers had ignored an ultimatum by the labour minister, which expired on Wednesday, the eighth day of the strike. The minister had told them to put off their strike before the government attends to their demands, warning that “legal measures will be taken against any attempts to obstruct work.”

Workers at the company were outraged at his statement, saying that he is imposing a “condition” instead of resolving the crisis.

The Mahallah textile company is known for its political significance as it has a long history of labour struggles.

Mahallah textile workers had planned a strike to protest against the increased cost of living and low wages in April 2008.

The strike attempt was thwarted, which pushed workers to take to the streets and clash with security forces. Calls for solidarity led to street clashes with police and the birth of the April 6 Youth Movement, one of the groups that electrified the January uprising.

In 2008, the company employed 24,000 employees but today workers say there are 17,000 people working in the company which is lower than the “19,000” cited by MENA. Nonetheless, workers fear that the declining numbers are a deliberate step towards privatising the company.

UNESCO Marks Second Annual Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
Egyptian Billionaire Nassef Sawiris Emerges as Top Adidas Investor

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
@AswatMasriya_En

Aswat Masriya is a Thomson Reuters Foundation-sponsored website that covers Egypt's transition to democracy. en.aswatmasriya.com

More in News

Conflicting Reports About Number of Dead in Egypt’s Wahat Attack

Egyptian StreetsOctober 22, 2017

At Least 16 Policemen Killed in a Shootout in Egypt’s Western Desert

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2017

Greek Pianist Plays Cavafy Poems as Part of the 2017 Cavafia in Egypt

Maydaa Abo El NadarOctober 20, 2017

With New Power Plants, Egypt’s Solar Investments Surge in 2017

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2017

Egypt Approves First Major Draft Traffic Law in 40 Years

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2017

‘The Show Goes On’: Theatrical Performances Feature Stories of Women in Egypt

Engy AdhamOctober 18, 2017

Climate Change Triggered Social Unrest in Ancient Egypt: Study

Egyptian StreetsOctober 18, 2017

13 Egyptian Businesses Make Forbes’ Top List of Arab Startups

Egyptian StreetsOctober 17, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.