Striking workers in Egypt’s state-owned iron and steel company have won their promised profit shares and the sacking of the company’s boss. Thousands of workers in Cairo had taken part in strikes during the last ten days.
Steel workers also took part in factory sit-ins since 26 November to demand the payment as well as the boss’s sacking. The government has now been forced to agree to return workers to their former jobs.
This is after they were redeployed to remote areas in punishment for helping organise the strike. However a minority of workers reject the deal. They are angry because it allows the money to be paid in two installments, one now and another in six months.
They are worried that in six months there will be a new government. If this were the case, a new government then could go back on its word and not pay the second amount.
Workers opposing the deal protested last Sunday outside the ministry offices to demand the money is immediately paid in full.