CAIRO: Security forces in Belqas dispersed late Thursday a sit-in by a number of temporary laborers working for an affiliate of the Abu Madi Oil Company in Dakahlia, Youm7 reported.
Ashraf Mohamed, one of the protesting laborers, said that police fired teargas at dozens of demonstrators in an attempt to disperse their sit-in, and detained 25 workers, Ahram reported.
Dozens of laborers have been demonstrating since April 6 at the headquarters of the company to demand permanent contracts for their work in the Abu Madi gas fields, and their annual profits, which have been delayed for two years, Ahram reported. But the administration of the company rejected their demands, Ahram reported.
The protesters escalated their sit-in on Thursday by blocking the road to the company, which completely halted work at the company, Al Bawaba News reported.
The administration approved permanent contracts for more than 240 workers who have been working for more than 15 years on temporary contracts, but they have not taken effect yet, workers told Ahram.
Workers employed in the gas fields claim they have been systematically exploited by the administration because their salaries do not exceed 900 EGP per month, and they do have health or social insurance, Al Balad reported.
Additional reporting by Sherif Al-Deeb and Osama Al-Sayed.