Egypt’s stalemate: Labour unions and business

The skyline of Egypt’s main industrial area in Suez, where the country’s biggest factories are located: Ceramics, steel and cement.  It is also near the site of Cleopatra Ceramics, the factory where thousands of labourers have demanded overdue payments from their boss, Mohamed Abul Enein (a former National Democratic Party member and currently under investigation by the Egyptian general prosecutor for allegedly violating labour laws).    I wrote a series of stories on this for The National newspaper today.

[caption id="attachment_216" align="aligncenter" width="430"] Skyline of Suez industrial area, near Ain Sokhna port[/caption]

The battle epitomises the deadlock between the same labour movement that knocked Hosni Mubarak from his presidency last year and the country’s largest businesses over labour rights that are not being enforced.

[caption id="attachment_217" align="aligncenter" width="430"] A labourer at Cleopatra Ceramics in Suez[/caption]


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