Egypt Bans Cleopatra Chairman From Travel Due to Labor Dispute

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt has banned businessman Mohamed Abou El Enein, chairman of Ceramica Cleopatra Group and a prominent former member of ousted president Hosni Mubark’s ruling party, from travelling because of a labor dispute.

Prosecutors are investigating claims the company has violated a collective labor agreement, withheld pay and taken measures to prevent workers from doing their jobs, the public prosecutor’s office said in a faxed statement today.

Ceramica Cleopatra factory workers have taken their protests from Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the gates of a presidential palace in the capital believed to be where the newly-elected Mohamed Mursi is staying. The producer of tiles and sanitary ware employed 12,000 workers and exported its products to more than 100 countries as of 2008, according to its website.

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