Cleopatra Ceramics factory workers striking for third day

Ahram Online, Monday 5 Mar 2012

The workers' strike at a factory in Ain Sokhna entered a third day as the factory's owner failed to meet demands for profit sharing

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A workers’ strike at Ain Sokhna Cleopatra Ceramics factory in Egypt’s Suez governorate is continuing for the third consecutive day.

Factory owner Mohamed Abul-Einein, a former member of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s now-defunct National Democratic Party, refused to meet workers' demands for shares in the factory’s profit.

On Saturday some 4,000 workers initiated a strike demanding salary increases, bonus payments and a share of company profits. Workers also demanded that the terms of Egypt’s labour law be applied to the company’s operations.

On Sunday, Abul-Einein met workers’ representatives, agreeing on a sum of LE25,000 as a maximum retirement bonus, LE300 for meal allowances and LE10 for additional work shifts. No agreement was reached on profit sharing, however.

Workers are detaining eight Italian and two Spanish experts.

"The foreigners are being well treated," said Mohamed Anwar, member of the factory's labour’s syndicate committee.

The factory is one of the largest ceramics factories in the Middle East.

 Following Egypt’s popular uprising early last year, Abul-Einein was summoned for questioning in a number of corruption cases, but was never convicted of any wrongdoing.

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