PM: Mahalla workers have right to strike
Ibrahim Mahlab, Egypt's Prime Minister - YOUM7 (Archive)
By HAGER HOSSAM and ROFYDA AWADIN

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Wednesday that the Mahalla Textile and Weaving Company workers have the right to their demands, in a television interview on MBC Masr.

Mahlab said, during the interview, “I did not rely on media reports on the situation, and [have instead] communicated directly with the citizens [to try to resolve it].”

Over 27,000 laborers in the city of Mahalla embarked on a strike on Feb. 11, demanding a rise in their basic salaries in accordance with the ministerial decision to apply the minimum wage, set at 1,200 EGP.

Further, they have called for the dismissal of the chairman of the company, and for the election of a new board of directors.

Mahlab stated that Egypt faces many problems that require resolutions through positive action, and not through words on paper. He added that he will focus on undertaking investigation tours to governmental authorities to evaluate their work.

Originally published in Youm7.

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