Shebin El-Kom Textile workers block road, demand unpaid bonuses
YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Hundreds of Shebin El-Kom Textile workers blocked the main overpass in Menoufia Monday, demanding they be paid their annual bonuses as promised and that the minimum wage be applied for all workers, Youm7 reported .  

“Workers are calling for the implementation of their demands in one go and not only the payment of annual bonuses,” one of the company’s workers, Ahmed Khalife workers told Sada El Balad news Monday.

Workers annual bonuses cover 228 days per worker and a total of 11.2 million EGP (U.S. $1.6 million ), which they said they had been promised over 20 days ago.

“We will sacrifice ourselves for the benefit of Shebin Spinning Company,” demonstrators chanted, saying, “Where are the workers’ rights after two revolutions?”

Workers also demand to the implementation of the public minimum wage, the provision of raw material, and that the government take over the company after it was sold to an Indian investor.

“There haven’t been raw materials in the company for a month,” claiming that the company’s administration did not deliver the materials to the company.

Laborers of Shebin El-Kom Textile’s holding company, the Spinning and Weaving Holding Company, have been striking and holding sit-ins since the end of 2013, the most prominent of which were at another subsidiary, the Mahalla Textiles and Weaving Company.

The Mahalla strikes successful gained a few of their demands, including the dismissal of the head of the Spinning and Weaving Holding Company Fouad Hassan and the commissioner of Mahalla Textiles and Weaving Company Abdel Fattah al-Zoghba on Feb. 16 by former Manpower Minister Kamal Abu Eita.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Fathi.

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