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Egypt Textile Workers Suspend Strike After Demands Partially Met

Workers at Egypt’s Misr Spinning and Co. in Mahalla City suspended a strike they started last week, after the company’s board met some of their demands.

The workers, who were striking over low wages and allegations of corruption, were promised the distribution of profit-sharing payments that have been delayed since 1992, and an increase in their yearly bonuses and other benefits, Kamal el-Fayoumi, a labor activist, said today.

“The workers decided to call off the rest of the demands until after Eid,” the festival that marks the end of the fasting period of Ramadan in about a month’s time, he said.

Other demands by the workers include the improvement of the company’s health-care system, restructuring the management and purging it of corrupt officials. The strike is part of a surge of labor activism that may complicate newly elected President Mohamed Mursi’s efforts to revive an economy struggling to recover after last year’s revolt against Hosni Mubarak.

Workers in Mahalla, in the Nile Delta north of Cairo, held strikes in 2006 and 2008 under Mubarak that received widespread coverage and contributed to the spread of opposition to his rule.

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