A protest by workers brought traffic to a standstill on the Cairo to Alexandria road forcing the army to intervene. (Ahram Online, Wednesday 16 Feb 2011).
The armed forces managed to gain control over a worker’s protest demonstration after it blocked traffic on the Cairo to Alexandria road this morning.
The protest was held by 200 workers from the Abu Hamda mining factory to declare their anger over low wages, increased working hours and poor treatment. It was held in front of the factory’s headquarters at Kilo 23 Cairo-Alexandria road, where traffic was at a standstill for thirty minutes.
The army asked the protesters to leave and appoint an official spokesperson to talk to the factory administration about their demands.
Hossam Mohamed, one of the workers in the factory, said that the chairman had forced most workers to sign a letter of resignation before starting work, to ensure that they will not demand their rights in the future.
Mohamed also added that the financial department has made workers sign blank cheques in order to manipulate them not to speak against the corruption they have witnessed inside the factory.
The workers also complained that the factory-owner had decided to stop production and wanted to let go of most of the employees without a reason.