Workers in Egypt go on strike

February 16, 2011 12:00 am

, CAIRO, Feb 16 – Workers in Egypt\’s largest factory relaunched a strike for higher wages and better conditions Wednesday, despite the country\’s new military rulers warning that more strikes would be "disastrous."

Faisal Naousha, a strike organiser, told AFP that that workers in the Misr Spinning and Weaving textile factory — which employs 24,000 people in the Nile Delta city of Al-Mahalla al-Kubra — also want two top managers to resign.

The workers had suspended a strike three days ago, but Naousha said at the time they would continue to press for higher wages.

Last year a court ruling raised the minimum wage from 400 LE ($68) to 1200 LE ($204), but the workers have not received their dues, he said.

The strike comes a day after the Supreme Council for Armed Forces called on workers to halt strikes, warning that the economic impact of labour protests would be "disastrous", but stopping short of ordering them back to work.


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