CAIRO: Workers from the Nile Cotton Ginning Company have called off their strike after winning partial concessions from management.
According to the Tadamon website, the company’s chairman of the board has agreed to pay workers’ full wages, including incentive payments, from this month. April’s salaries will be paid from an emergency fund because of the company’s financial difficulties, the chairman says,
Workers in the company’s Minya factory will be allowed early retirement and will receive payment of a lump sum of LE 5,000 plus a month’s pay for each year worked.
On Sunday workers demonstrated outside the People’s Assembly (PA) in protest at the failure of Nile Cotton to pay them for two months, and condemned what they say are plans to close down the company, privatized in 1997, and sell off its land and assets.
While workers had planned to stage a sit-in outside the PA, police officers waited until journalists had left before forcibly evicting the workers from the site of the protest.
Worker Ashraf Kishk told Daily News Egypt that workers were escorted to a nearby metro underground station by the police and placed on trains.