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Labour unrest follows Egyptian revolution

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Labour unrest follows Egyptian revolution


Many Egyptians ignored their military rulers’ plea to return to work on Wednesday.

The Higher Military Council wanted workers to go back to their jobs after two and a half weeks of popular unrest.

The revolution ousted former president, Hosni Mubarak, but triggered turmoil in the Egyptian economy.

Striking workers across a number of sectors want better pay and conditions. An estimated 12,000 workers at a textile plant in Mahalla walked off the job, while employees at Cairo’s airport also staged industrial action. They were joined by workers in the transport, oil, tourism, state-owned media and government bodies, who are also demanding higher salaries.

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