Freedom of expression program for Labor and social movements condemns the arrest of 6 workers of Bisco Misr

Cairo, April 26th, 2018,

The Freedom of Expression for Labor and Social Movements of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), condemned the arrest of six workers of Bisco Misr in Amiriya area in Cairo following a workers’ strike in protest against the company’s decision not to pay their annual profits for 2017, allegedly because of losses in the company.

The security services arrested Mahmoud Abdel Razek, Hani El-Bushey, Raafat Madbouli, Ahmed Abu Hashim, Samia Abdullah and Alaa Abu Menna, who are workers at the company on morning Wednesday April 25th from their homes in Cairo after four days of strike since Saturday April 21st.

The workers were presented to the Amiria prosecution, which decided to present them once more the next day (today) waiting for investigation.

Four thousand workers Bisco Misr factories in Amiriya, Cairo have entered a strike at the headquarters, and a rotation sit- on Saturday April 21st and then they were joined by 1500 employees of the Alexandria company in the company’s headquarters in the Siyouf area on April 22nd in protest against the decision of the Board of Directors not to pay their annual profits from the year 2017, allegedly because of losses in the company.

It should be noted that Bisco Misr is one of the bakery companies in Egypt, and that its history goes back to 1957 as a public sector company. The company has three factories, and was incorporated into the privatization program. In 1990, its shares were listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange until the sale of the company’s shares began at the end of 2014 when the American company Kellogg succeeded in acquiring 85.93% of the shares on January 11, 2015.

The Freedom of Expression for Labor and Social Movements stated:

“We condemn the arrest of 6 Bisco Misr employees in Egypt. We condemn the attitude of the Egyptian authorities towards the workers of the company. These authorities should have stayed at one distance from both sides and tried to reach a middle ground, rather than standing by the stronger side in imposing unfair conditions on the most basic rights of workers to prevent them from getting their dues. ”

The program called the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the arrested workers and put pressure on the management of the company to conduct collective bargaining with workers to obtain their legitimate dues from the annual profits of the company.