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Ahram Online: 3,000 workers go on strike in Egypt's Mahalla

The workers in the clothing section of the Mahalla Textile and Weaving Company are striking to demand payment of a variety of benefits.
08.02.17 | Interesting article at Ahram Online

Almost 3,000 textile workers in Mahalla El-Kubra, mostly women, announced a strike on Tuesday, several workers told Ahram Online.

The workers in the clothing section of the Mahalla Textile and Weaving Company are striking to demand payment of a variety of benefits they say they are are entitled to.

Two female workers who asked to remain anonymous told Ahram Online that their main demands are "applying a court order to get the development incentive raised to almost EGP 600 instead of EGP 360, and to get the seven-month delayed social raise, which is 10 percent of the basic salary, and to get the full nutrition allowance, which is EGP 320 instead of EGP 210."

“My monthly salary is EGP 2,000, and they have started to take taxes from it,” said one worker.

“I have three children, and I had to take my eldest girl out of school as I cannot afford her expenses. We’re not demanding thousands of pounds.

Those few pounds are our right, and it will not even be enough to face the high prices of everything. The 10 percent raise will only add EGP 70 to my salary," she added.