#Egyworkers strike in Mahalla
#Egyworkers strike in MahallaIn Egypt, Mahalla textile workers' strike comes full circle.
Egyptian textile workers at Mahalla gather to begin strikes on July 15. [Photo via Facebook]
More than 20,000 workers at Egypt’s largest textiles manufacturing company began their second day of strikes on Monday to demand increased wages and more government investment in their sector. The Mahalla factory, which saw major strikes in 2006 and 2008, is considered by many to be one of the key sites of the Egyptian uprising's early stages.
Employees of Misr Spinning and Weaving, located in the industrial town of Mahalla al-Kubra, have vowed to continue their sit-in until a list of demands are met, which include a greater share of company profits, an increase in retirement bonuses, a minimum wage of 1,500 Egyptian pounds, and the resignation of the company’s chairman Fouad Abdel Alim Hasaan.
People online tweeted about the strikes using the Twitter hashtags #Egyworkers and #Mahalla.