President Morsi meets with workers of Mahalla to discuss demands

Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Jul 2012

Six representatives of the state-owned Mahalla Misr Spinning and Weaving Company are to meet with President Morsi to discuss the demands of their strike

Thousands of Mahalla textile workers are still on strike (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A delegation of six workers from Mahalla Misr Spinning and Weaving Company on strike for the eighth day headed to the presidential palace Sunday to discuss their demands with President Mohamed Morsi.

The workers of the state owned factory have been demanding the removal of the company's chairman and upper management in addition to calling for a greater share of 2011 profits and increases in end of service remunerations.

The meeting between the workers and the president was arranged by Khaled Ali, lawyer and ex-presidential candidate, who earlier criticised Morsi's keeness to meet with businessmen instead of listening to the demands of workers.

Mahalla Misr Spinning and Weaving Company, which employs 24,000 workers, has seen a series of strikes over similar grievances within the last 18 months. Workers threatened to revive earlier protests seen in the final years of the Mubarak era, in which thousands of workers participated.

On 6 April 2008, labour protests in Mahalla were violently attacked by security forces, leaving at least two dead. Strikes by Mahalla's textile workers in 2006 and 2008 are widely seen as having set the stage for last year's Tahrir Square uprising, which culminated in the ouster of longstanding Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

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