09 April, 2009

Labour discontent continues

Some news updates: According to Al Youm Al Sab3, employees at the Workers University in Assiut went on strike on Wednesday, protesting cuts in incentives and compensations during the past 9 months. The same paper reported yesterday about complaints among workers at Misr Spinning and Weaving in Mahalla about low wages. An activist in the factory also accused the local union and the general union of textile workers of ignoring their demands, and threatened to stage protests if their demands are not met, organizing independently of the union (To be honest I'm not sure why any of that would qualify as "news"...) Meanwhile, the government launched a 325 million LE program to help the private and state-owned textile industry face the global depression, according to el-Badeel - possibly in response to the wave of labour discontent in this sector during the past months.

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