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Workers protest in Egypt - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Workers at Egypt-Iran Spinning and Weaving Company filed reports Thursday in Faysal Police Station in Suez. The workers accused the company’s administration of referring their co-workers in the factory in Suez to interrogation over demanding their annual profits’ share, Shorouq reported.

Hundreds of workers gathered in the factory to demand their rights.

“Egypt-Iran Spinning and Weaving Company administration has refused to cash the annual profits, although the cashing time was assigned months ago, prevented the company’s buses from transporting freelance workers and decided to halt production,” the workers told Shorouq.

The company’s administration refused to comment on the reports filed in the police station against them and stressed that they are unwilling to make press statements.

In a separate incident, workers at The General Organization for Government Printing Offices threatened Thursday to move the sit-in they have started 11 days ago in the organization to the cabinet’s headquarters until their demands are met of getting paid the annual profit share estimated at 32 months’ salaries for 4,000 workers as in last year, El-Watan reported.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and Minister of Industry Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour issued a decision to cash only 24 months’ salaries as annual profit shares for this year due to Egypt’s economic situation, Head of the General Syndicate for Workers in the Press, Print and Media Mamdouh Meselhy said.

He added that this angered workers who are used to getting 32 months’ worth. He clarified that the syndicate sent Mahlab and Abdel Nour two memorandums requesting from them fulfilling the workers’ demands so that the business’s progress would not stop.

Spokesperson of Ministry of Manpower Yasser el-Sherbiny said that the ministry is doing its best to resolve the Government Printing Offices’ issue in a friendly manner through drawing both sides’ points of view closer.

The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights mentioned in a July 7 report, published on their website that the center created a database for economic and social protests in Egypt. 5212 protests were recorded during the first half of 2013 through daily observation of all available sources.

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