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Egypt: Cleopatra Ceramics workers storm govt. buildings to protest govt's. alleged failure to intervene in labour rights dispute

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17 July 2012

Egypt security forces teargas Cleopatra Ceramics labour protest in Suez

Author: Ahram Online [Egypt]

Security forces in Suez fired tear gas at factory workers of the megalith Cleopatra Ceramics company to repel them as they stormed government buildings...The workers broke into the Suez administration building in a fury over what they see as government officials' neglect in their battle against the owner of the Cleopatra Ceramics, Mohamed Abul Enein...[The workers struggle dates back to March 2012 when], around 4,000 of the 6,000 workers employed at the Cleopatra factory in Ain Sokhna, Suez, launched a strike to demand salary increases, bonus payments and a share of company profits. In May [2012], factory operations were suspended for 12 days after company management stopped providing the free transportation for workers. In response, around 4,000 employees staged a sit-in before the Suez governor's office. Abul Enein dubbed the labour protests "artificial," and illegal.

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5 July 2012

Egypt business tycoon Abul-Enein banned from travel abroad

Author: Ahram Online [Egypt]

Accused of unjustly firing workers and denying them due pay...businessman Mohamed Abul-Enein has been banned from travel outside Egypt. Abul-Enein is accused of unjustly firing workers in factories he owns and not paying them their financial dues. Abul-Enein owns Ceramic Cleopatra factories, which are currently witnessing worker protests demanding financial rights.

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