2,500 workers in the Universal company resumed their strike on December 13, after the administration’s violation of the written agreement signed with the workers on October 9 at the Ministry of Manpower in Cairo.
In light of human rights activism and pressure since 2016 on Egyptian authorities to put an end to migrating domestic workers, a group of human rights and civil society organizations started an initiative entitled “Towards a safe work environment for women” in 2018. The initiative took place due to the absence of a unified labour law that protects the rights of domestic workers in Egypt from violations. The precedent initiatives mainly address employers abroad instead of female workers in the country and their rights.
Amnesty International claimed that the Egyptian authorities have been complicit in oppressing dozens of factory workers who participated in a peaceful strike between July 26 and August 1 to demand fair salaries.