In an escalation of industrial action in Suez, workers at the national and Egyptian Steel companies and the Suez Canal Port Authority shipyard were among those staging strikes and sit-ins for being deprived their material rights.
Aly Hussein, a shipyard worker, confirmed that the sit-in was in protest at the management's insistent refusal to support chronically ill workers, despite their poor health being on account of their work. 1500 workers took part in the sit-in.
In National Steel's plant, the 500 striking workers accused the head of the management of denying them their rights. "Here we have been under conditions for six years and we won't be silent,"said Mohammed Sayed, a worker.
Egyptian Steel workers, for their part, staged a sit-in after blocking the road. Workers stated that they receive the lowest wages despite the pollution they endure.