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Solidarity with victimised Mahalla strikers

Issue No. 2572

Mahalla workers protesting during the sit-in

Mahalla workers protesting during the sit-in


Eight workers who were involved in the recent Mahalla strike and sit-in in northern Egypt are facing victimisation by company bosses.

Managers accused them of organising the two-week action which took place last month.

Egypt Solidarity reports that on 9 September Misr Spinning management suspended two women (Wala’a Mohamed Abd-al-Ra’uf and Nagwa Sa’ad Abd-al-Qadir) and four men (Mohamed Al-Sayyed Misbah, Amru Rifa’at Salama, Amir Gamal Hassan and Karim Hossam Isma’il) from work and reported them to the police on charges of “incitement to strike” and “obstructing work”.

Another worker, Yasser Fahmi has been forcibly transferred to Alexandria, while administrator Tala’at al-Umari has had his pay docked.

The company also delayed payment of workers’ September pay packets. Meanwhile, riot police remain deployed across the town in a bid to intimidate workers from launching further protests.

A solidarity statement has been launched, and signed by leading trade unionists in Britain and across the world.

Add your signature to the solidarity appeal at https://egyptsolidarityinitiative.org/mahallasolidarity/

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