Socialist Worker

Egypt: the struggle continues

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2249

Thousands of workers in Egypt continue to hold strikes and sit-ins as they fight for their rights under the new regime.

Cement workers at the Torah Cement company have walked out and occupied their factories.

Now the 1,000 workers are joining up with the trade unions to secure their legal entitlement of a 10 percent profit share.

Last month the workers held a 13 day sit-in and won some of their demands.

In Mahalla, 4,000 cotton workers are on strike against the rising price of cotton, which has not been reflected in their pay.

Both companies are trying to claim that the workers do not deserve better.

But the continuing struggle by workers across the country shows that they think differently.

In Menoufia, about 90 miles from Cairo in the Nile Delta, the main employer is the Shebin spinning and weaving factory.

Locals have worked at the sprawling 150-acre plant for generations, spinning Egyptian cotton for the world market.

But the factory is now closed. The workers are all on strike.

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