The Union Committee for Universal Home Appliances has filed a complaint with the Ministry of Manpower and the General Union for Engineering Industries due to a salary delay issue in the company. Universal workers have been waiting to receive their salaries for the last four months. The Union Committee called on the Egyptian government to immediately resolve the crisis.
The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights also demanded compensation for the workers who had been fired. The crisis dates back to 2019 when the company’s workers’ organized a strike. The company currently employs 3,165 workers, while 60 others have been dismissed.
On Saturday, the Center for Trade Union & Workers Services said that the Oriental Weavers workers’ crisis is continuing. The workers are protesting low wages. They also demand the departure of the company’s managing director, Alaa Shehata, and an increase of no less than 1,500 Egyptian pounds in their salaries. The company does not have a union committee because of the penalties imposed by the management years ago on workers who tried to form a union. According to the rights group, the workers refused an invitation from management to negotiate.
The Oriental Weavers Group is one of the world’s most extensive producers of carpets, rugs, and related raw materials. Based in Cairo, the Group has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Egypt and distributes its products in more than 130 countries worldwide.