More than 1000 workers in Suez Maritime Arsenal went on a one day strike today to demand parity with their colleagues in the Suez Canal Authority. The workers also highlighted the need not to be dealt with in accordance with Article 48 of the Labour Code, which they consider unjust to their rights.
"The current situation cannot be tolerated any more," says Nasser El-Othman, a member of the company's trade union, adding, "it is our right in Suez Arsenal to be treated equally with the staff of the Suez Canal Authority, or at least to have a new decree that gives us similar social and financial benefits."
If their demands are not fulfilled, the workers say they will turn their strike to an open sit-in.
Workers from seven companies affiliated with the Suez Canal Authority have organised sit-ins in Suez, Ismailia and Port Said for similar demands.