Workers at a nitrate company based in Suez continued their sit-in on Sunday for the 24th day running protesting the dismissal of nine workers by a newly appointed company manager.
The Suez International Nitrate Company (SINCO) management asserted that it has given the workers a 15-day leave.
The workers protested outside the office of the Suez International Nitrate Company (SINCO).
Mohamed Zakareya, the Head of the company workers’ union and one of the dismissed workers, said the workers will continue their strike and said their legal position is completely sound and that the collective dismissal of the workers is not legal.
The workers have lodged several complaints with the police station detailing the incidents of the company's management against them.
After being prevented from working, the workers union held a general assembly meeting before deciding to stage an open ended sit-in.
Mahmoud Nader, the secretary general of the workers’ union, said the decision to dismiss the nine workers was issued by a new human resources manager on Thursday “without any reason”.
Nader said that there had not been any issues at the company prior to the dismissal of the workers. Both he and Zakareya were critical of new rules and decisions introduced by the new manager, who was appointed on May 1.
Zakareya said that the new manager was appointed by the company’s administration in Saudi Arabia. SINCO is fully owned by the Saudi Chemical Company.