Public prosecutor orders ceramics workers to release products

Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud has ordered striking workers at Ceramica Cleopatra’s stores in Ain Sokhna and 10th of Ramadan City to hand over the products they’re holding to the company’s board, agents and distributors.

 The workers from the ceramics company, who have been striking since 19 June, have been holding the products and refusing to load them for distribution or to open the stores for clients.

In a statement, he company’s board said nearly 2,000 merchants have been unable to fulfill their distribution and financial obligations because of the workers’ stance. Distributors protested at the public prosecutor’s office, demanding that the items be handed over to them.

The company called on workers to not follow the directions of union members, saying that doing so would damage the workers’ own interests.

Staff union members had declined to hand over products or to open stores before settling disputes with the company’s board over delayed payments and profit shares.

Ceramica Cleopatra is owned by Mohamed Abul Enein, a former member of ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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