The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Striking for a livable minimum wage in Mahalla

Hossam has updates on the latest blue collar workers' strike in Mahalla al-Kubra, the heart of Egypt's textile industry, where some 10,000 have taken to the street to demand a new national minimum wage:

Only one day before the convening of the National Council for Wages (the govt entity in charge of setting the minimum wage, and which has not convened since the mid 80s!!!) 10,000 textile workers from Ghazl el-Mahalla took to the streets around 4pm demanding raising the national minimum (monthly) wage to LE1200.

Follow his post for analysis and the latest news. For context, most workers currently make only a few hundred pounds.