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Labour unrest follows Egyptian revolution

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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.