Egyptian independent union leaders arrested in dawn raids

The Egyptian authorities have arrested eleven leading activists in the independent unions over the past week, stepping up pressure on the workers’ movement following the victimisation of textile workers in Mahalla after a major strike in August. Eight independent trade unionists were seized in a series of nation-wide raids on their homes on 16 September,…

Mahalla strike escalates as workers protest outside company HQ

Three thousand workers from the state-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving Company [MSWC] gathered outside the company headquarters in Mahalla on Tuesday to protest the decision to shut down electricity at the factories, and the continued refusal to meet workers’ demands. Workers at MSWC have been on strike since Sunday 6 August over the delayed payment…

Thousands of textile workers strike in Mahalla

Thousands of workers at the state-owned Misr Spinning complex in the Egyptian town of Mahalla began a strike on Sunday 6 August in protest at the delayed payment of bonuses, worth ten percent of their annual salaries. Pictures on social media and independent news websites show workers occupying parts of the factory. Attempts by the…