Abdel-Fattah Ibrahim, head of Egypt's Textile Union has said the government will not be able to fulfil its financial obligations, which amount to 80 million Egyptian pounds towards 70,000 employees who work in the State's 32 companies.
Ibrahim said in a press statement reported in Al Masry Al Youm newspaper on Monday 28th October, "The General Textile Union is currently holding talks with the Ministry of Finance and Investment over methods of payment for October salaries, which are usually paid on the 20th of each month but has not been paid till now." He pointed out that "The workers now feel as if they are begging the government to pay their monthly salaries."
Ibrahim added "The government promised on more than one occasion to develop this sector and to encourage investments in it but none of these promises have been fulfilled. We urge the government to pay the delayed salaries to avoid a workers' revolution. The government must fulfil its promises and develop this sector to resume its role as a strategic national economic sector."