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Mahalla's Misr Spinning and Weaving workers strike

Despite calls from the Supreme Council for Armed Forces to halt nationwide strikes, workers in the Misr Spinning and Weaving textile factory in Mahalla, have relaunched a strike, early today, demanding higher wages

AFP, Wednesday 16 Feb 2011
Ghazel Elmahala
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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 in Egypt raised the minimum wage from 400 LE ($68) to 1200 LE ($204), but was never implemented all around Egypt.

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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