Arafa Holding, Egypt's biggest garment exporter, has shut its factories in 10th of Ramadan City until 17 February because of strike action by the labour force, the firm said in a press release on Tuesday.
"25 per cent of the company’s 6,000 workers at its factories in the 10th of Ramadan City went on strike today," the statement read, adding that the protesters demanded management respond to “some personal requests”.
In response to this, the group decided to close the factories, the Swiss Garment Company, Egypt Tailoring and Goldentex, from 15 to17 February, to allow management to assess the situation and examine the workers’ demands.
The company will resume operations at the factories on Sunday 19 February, if the situation is stable.
The strike comes a day after the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces called on workers to halt strike action, warning them that the economic impact of these protests would be "disastrous", but stopped short of ordering them back to work.