Around 23,000 workers at Misr Spinning in the industrial town of Mahalla al-Kubra in the Egyptian delta began indefinite strike action on 15 July. Over three thousand workers stayed overnight in the factory.
The workers are demanding a share of the company’s profits for the past twelve months and the resignation of General Fouad Abd-al-Alim Hassaan, the chairman of the public sector Holding Company for ٍWeaving and the company’s chief negotiator, Ahmad Maher. Hassaan was appointed in May 2012 as a replacement for Mohsin al-Gaylani, whose removal had long been demanded by the Mahalla workers.
They also want the resumption of deliveries of cotton to the factory and new investment in the textile sector.
The Mahalla textile workers played a key role in igniting the strike wave before the revolution.
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