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15 Jan 2017

Adham Youssef, Daily News (Egypt)

Egypt: Detention of workers after strike against International Foodstuffs Co (IFFCO)

Two IFFCO workers in Suez detained on charges of striking, 3 January 2017

The Suez Prosecution ordered Wednesday the detention of two workers of the IFFCO Suez Company [on charges of inciting other workers to strike. The prosecution also ordered the release of another 12 workers on a bail of EGP 200 each. The management of the company filed police reports against the workers, accusing them of rioting and violence.

Since last Friday, workers had escalated a demonstration into an open-ended strike, in protest of the immense gap between salaries obtained by workers and those obtained by employees in managerial positions. They demanded justice in the distribution of salaries. The workers also protested not getting issued bonuses, especially after the latest price hikes on different goods and services.

Last December, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) released a report documenting about 1,736 protests related to social and economic issues during 2016. The report said that most of the protests were carried out by labour movements. In the second half of 2016, most protests were driven by economic demands.

[BHRRC contacted IFFCO on 19 January 2017 seeking their response. BHRRC has yet to receive a response from IFFCO]