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Steel workers hold sit-ins and strikes in Egypt

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2383

Over 300 iron and steel workers demonstrated in central Cairo, Egypt’s capital city, on Monday of this week.

 They gathered outside the Holding Company for Metallurgical Industries. Up to 5,000 workers have been taking part in two weeks of sit-ins at the Helwan Iron and Steel factory. 

They are demanding the payment of 16 months worth of promised bonuses. The workers also want  the sacking of managers and the reinstatement of sacked workers.

Workers left a number of strikers inside the Helwan factory to maintain the sit-in as others marched. 

Some days before the steel workers welded the gates of the factory shut. 

The Revolutionary Front, which unites the Revolutionary Socialists and other activists, is organising solidarity with strikers. 


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