“I have suffered a severe form of injustice and was dismissed for no apparent reason after my contract ended… We will not rest until we claim our right, they did it in 25th of January and we can do it again,” these were some of the protesters’ chants in their demonstration in front of the Ministry of Petroleum last Monday.
Egypt Oil and Gas Newspaper covered the demonstration in front of the ministry, where number of protesters demanded the departure of Eng. Sameh Fahmy, the Minister of Petroleum, as a result of what they called “a harsh policy towards them, and not being able to freely discuss their legitimate rights”.
“We call on thePrime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to help us in such situation, especially after Eng. Fahmy said that he would bring the matter in the next meeting of the council of ministers, seeking the approval of the ministry of finance before making any decisions whether they are negative or positive for the petroleum workers,” insisted the protesters.
Moreover, the protesters pointed to other changes they call for, such as wages regulations and the calculation of experience years. They once more assured they will stay protesting if the old set of laws are not changed.In addition, they persisted on changing the current system of workers’ contracts.
As a result to the demonstrations, Fahmy appointed many of the temporary workers in the petroleum companies.
Fahmy issued his orders also to speed the transformation progress and look into the workers demands. He conducted a meeting with the chairmen of public and joint venture companies to address the protesters matters and to also assure the importance of maintaining the production line revolving due to the harsh times Egypt witnessing.
Last week, a group of protesters gathered at the Ministry headquarters to call for several working rights.Employees from Petroleum Trading Company (PetroTrade), Egyptian Company for Appliances Maintenance (Sianco) and Butagazco held protests calling for the implementation of the old work laws of their companies; such as having minimum wages of 300 Egyptian Pounds in addition to medical insurances, bonuses and profit shares.
Some officials announced that the Minister would consider resigning from his position due to the continuous demonstration of the petroleum personnel.
“I did not resign and I do not know where did this rumor come from?” said the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum. He denied any intention to resign from the Ministry.
The Minister dismissed the Chairmen of the four companies, PetroTrade, Sianco, Butagasco and Alpesco, in addition to the administration managers, yet he did not clarify the names of the newly appointed managers who would be responsible for solving the protesters’ demands and hold the companies’ operations back to the daily norm.