The workers are demanding back pay as well as better working conditions:
“The striking workers say that their working conditions have in recent months become as precarious as the company’s situation. Two fatalities took place last month at the factory. One worker died in hospital after losing his leg when heavy equipment fell on him. …
In addition, workers have many complaints about the healthcare services and the transportation the company offers them. For the last two months they have not received their daily meal allowance and other in-kind benefits they used to receive.
Various kinds of allowances have become a customary tool used to supplement the low basic rates of pay that many Egyptian workers earn. For many workers, basic pay often comprises only a fraction of their take home income.”