Mahalla employees calls for independent syndicate
Thursday 17 Feb 2011
The workers of Ghazl El-Mahalla, the largest public-owned spinning and weaving factory in Egypt, have announced plans to create an independent syndicate separate from the Egyptian Trade Union Federation, known to be controlled by the government.
Employees have started to collect signatures for the creation of the new syndicate. More than 3,000 of the factory's 20,000-strong workforce having signed a petition in favour of the move.
Ghazl El-Mahalla workers relaunched their strike yesterday after a three-day break but trouble arose after the army prevented a second shift of protesters from entering the factory premises and closed the enterprise for three days.