15 January, 2009

Nile Cotton workers in Miniya resume strike, temporarily block highway

According to a report in el-Badeel yesterday, 950 workers at Nile Cotton Co. in Miniya resumed their strike on Tuesday, after discovering that the company was backtracking from promises that ended the previous industrial action. Workers temporarily blocked the Miniya road before being forced back into the factory by security forces.

According to previous reports (one here) workers in four governorates staged sit-ins and strikes after discovering that they did not receive their full salaries for December. The management blamed a lack of liquidity, while some workers suspect the company is trying to force workers to resign in head of closing operations and selling the company's land and equipment.

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