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Hossam el-Hamalawy

Daily News Egypt - Petrol company workers demand severance pay - 0 views

    Sarah Carr reports
Hossam el-Hamalawy

Egypt and beyond: Oil workers protest layoffs - 0 views

  • the Egyptian Drilling Company, EDC (despite the name apparently 45% owned by a Danish company - the A.P Moller-Maersk Group)
  • As the workers were still gathering outside the gates, the minister - Aisha abdel Hadi - suddenly left the building in a car, which made some of them furious. "We came to talk to the minister and you smuggle her out in front of our eyes?" one man yelled to the security guards. Later, a ministry official (possible security) came out to talk to the workers, refusing to say his name. He told them that the situation was beyond the control of the government since this is a global crisis and "even in America 5 million workers has been laid off".
  • It's ironic how government officials will deny the impact of the global crisis on Egypt one day, while at the same time using it as an excuse to escape all responsibility to help workers who are losing their jobs because of it..
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  • These workers feel betrayed by the employer, the union, and the government
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