Hundreds of steel workers in Helwan were continuing their sit-in to demand payment of bonuses and government investment on Monday of this week.
Workers fear that bosses and the public sector holding company, are deliberately running down production in order to sell off the plant.
A statement from the occupation on 30 November called on workers to stand firm, “The Iron and Steel workers can win their demands by organising themselves to provide food for the sit-in and protect the company.”
It urged workers to withdraw confidence from the trade union committee, which is working with management. “We must form committees of
delegates from every workshop in order to move forward united.”
Workers refused to meet representatives of the old trade union federation, which is still run by Mubarak’s cronies. They demanded direct talks with Kamal Abu Aita, Minister of Labour.