Simo workers stage protest demanding overdue salaries
Workers during a protest - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The workers of Simo Egyptian joint-stock company staged a demonstration Sunday in front of Cabinet headquarters demanding salaries overdue since last October, Youm7 reported.

The protesters demanded Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab intervene personally to implement the judicial ruling to return their company into the public sector and protect the company from “thugs” who steal the company’s tools, according to el-Wafd newspaper.

“We have not gotten our salaries for 10 months and many machines costing millions of pounds have been ruined because of a huge fire that broke out in the company,” one of the protesters told Youm7.

Since the January 25 Revolution in 2011, a series of labor strikes and protests have hit Egypt due to bad economic conditions. The strikes are mainly over wages and perceived corruption.

Different governments since the revolution have promised many times to apply minimum and maximum wages but workers say they have never implemented comprehensive plans to fulfill their promises.

In March, the workers of the Iron and Steel Company in Helwan began a sit-in at the chairman’s office, demanding the disbursal of the workers dues from the employees’ fund and for those involved in the company’s losses to be prosecuted.

Additional reporting by Reham Abdallah and Sarah Salah

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