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Cargill attacks workers' rights in Egypt

Workers at the Cargill-owned National Vegetable Oil Company in Alexandria established their union on March 1, 2012 in the wake of a dispute. Following its satisfactory resolution, constructive industrial relations were established in the plant. This ended in August 2013 when a new management team was brought in.

First they announced that the agreements signed with the previous management were null and void and a new employee relations policy would be introduced. Then they began harassing workers, looking for minor infractions, issuing warnings and threatening workers with dismissal.

To protest the arbitrary punishments and the deteriorating work environment, the workers held a sit-in on December 15, 2013.

Management's response was to shut the factory and put 84 workers (out of 122 in the plant) on extended leave. The factory was re-opened on January 13 and replacement labour hired in.

While management prevents them from returning to work, the workers maintain their picket in the factory parking lot. In defiance of the law, Cargill has begun issuing dismissal letters to workers.

The Union of National Vegetable Oil Employees has asked for support in informing Cargill corporate management of the situation in Alexandria. USE THE FORM BELOW TO SEND A MESSAGE TO CARGILL MANAGEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES.