Sunday, February 16, 2014
Egyptian textile workers on strike for seventh day
Workers of the Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahalla el-Kubra, north of Cairo, on strike in 2007.
(Aswat Masriya) Thousands of workers from Egypt’s largest textile company continued their strike on Sunday, for the seventh day in a row, demanding better pay conditions and that an elected committee be formed to manage their affairs.
Textile production plays a significant role in Egypt’s economy, coming at 26.4% of the country’s GDP in 2007 – 2008, according to official statistics.
A number of workers gathered in front of the company’s headquarters on Saturday, chanting against the CEO and the chairman of the holding company whom they want removed.