Iron and steel workers begin open strike, PTA head retreats
Iron and Steel Company in Helwan - YOUM7 (Archive)
By ASHRAF AZOUZ, MOHAMED MAHSOUB and AHMED ABDEL RADY

CAIRO: The Workers of the Iron and Steel Company in Helwan began an open-ended sit-in, Saturday morning, at the chairman’s office, demanding the fulfillment of agreements with the government, among other demands.

Mohamed Omar, one the of the labor leaders at the company, told Youm7 that their demands are the disbursal of the workers dues from the employees’ fund, referring those who were involved in the company’s losses to prosecution, setting a date for the distribution of their dues from the last three months’ profits, and operating the company at full capacity.

“The chairman did not come in today after his meeting with the division heads yesterday,” Omar added, stating that during this meeting, it was decided that strikers would be penalized.

Meanwhile, head of the Public Transportation Authority in Cairo Hisham Attiya told Youm7 on Saturday that he will submit a memorandum to the Cairo Governor within the next week to request full pay for the workers for the days they were on strike.

Attiya had previously declared that striking workers – who have neared a week in their calls for minimum wage, among other demands – will have the days of their strike deducted from their pay. This angered workers, who have shut down all the bus stations in Greater Cairo.

Nonetheless, Attiya added, in his statements Saturday, that there will be bonuses for the workers who did not participate in the strike.

Originally published in Youm7.

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