For the third consecutive day, more than 1,000 employees of Egypt’s Aluminium are staging a sit-in at the company’s premises in Naga Hammadi, Upper Egypt, demanding raises in wages and bonus payments.
"Sayed Abdel Wahab [the company's CEO] is the only person that can solve the situation,” says Effat Bahig, one of the workers taking part.
Protesters are making several demands, among them an increase in bonus payments, a restructuring of financial allowances, jobs for their sons and the resignation of administrative managerial director, Abdel-Razak Morsy.
Bahig complains that the company's administration hasn’t shown any interest in the workers’ demands and isn’t taking the sit-in seriously.
"The army is securing the sit-in but there's nothing more they can do,” Bahig says.
According to Bahig, workers are carrying out their sit-in in a manner that does not obstruct production, and protesting with full numbers after 3pm.
In 2010, around 6,000 of Egypt’s Aluminium’s 8,000 workforce held a sit-in for the same demands.