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Egypt to sack workers who strike

Public sector worker who go on strike will be dismissed or “disrupting public facilities” following a court ruling in Egypt yesterday.

Two days ahead of Workers’ Day, the High Administrative Court said: “Workers’ protests are not dealt with the same way as demonstrations and public gatherings because they stop work and disrupt the flow of work.”

Quds Press reported the court saying that this ruling is final and is not open for appeal.

The same court has previously turned three officials in the local unit of Al-Manofiyeh Governorate to retirement and decided to delay the promotion for 14 others because they disrupted the workflow in their workplace.

In a statement, the Administrative Prosecution claimed that the court’s ruling was based on Islamic teachings. It also said that the Egyptian government has pledged to guarantee the right of work strikes on condition that they comply with Islamic teachings.

The statement claimed the workers’ strikes contradict Islamic teachings and Sharia, considering workers’ strikes as a “crime”.

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