Police arrested 16 Faragalla factory workers in Alexandria on Saturday on charges of inciting strikes, disrupting work, and assaulting employees in the workplace using cold weapons.
Prosecutors had ordered the arrest of 27 workers earlier in the day after factory owner Farag Amer accused them of causing the three-day long strike that shut down the factory. The other 11 remain at large.
Amer and the workers had signed an agreement mediated by the labour ministry on Friday leading to the temporary suspension of the strike and reopening of the factory.
Independent Faragalla Workers Syndicate leader Magdi Abdel Salam, quoted in a statement by the Egyptian Democratic Workers Conference, said workers were surprised when they turned up to the factory on Saturday to find that 27 of them had been called to the company’s legal affairs department and charged with inciting strikes, disrupting work, and violence. (Daily news Egypt)