Chelsea win Group E as Giroud scores 4 goals vs Sevilla    Khartoum's benefits from GERD cannot be achieved without signature of a binding legal agreement, says Sudan's irrigation minister    In Photos: Egypt's Sisi inspects a number of locally-manufactured multi-use vehicle models    Egypt's stock market slightly up, main index falls after Juhayna head arrest    42nd Cairo International Film Festival opens today amid strict precautionary measures    Not so Merry Christmas looms for coronavirus-hit Europe    Asian stocks mixed on Wednesday after Wall Street surged overnight    Armed bank robbers storm another Brazilian town, battle police in streets    UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus vaccine, first in the world    A gloomy Christmas in store for Gaza handicraft workshop    Deadline for reconciliation requests in building violations pushed back till end of 2020: Egypt cabinet    Egypt's capital inflows fell by half in FY2019/20, CBE    Live score: Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain (UEFA Champions League)    Egypt confirms 392 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths on Tuesday    Champions League a headache for Atletico: Simeone after Bayern draw    Iran's president rejects bill that would boost enrichment    Egyptian expats to print ballots starting Thursday for 2nd stage of parliamentary run-offs    In '76 Days,' a documentary portrait of lockdown in Wuhan    Eni reaches agreements with Egypt, Naturgy to restart operations at gas plant in Damietta    Gana Hena play at Al-Ghad Theatre is a must go    A final battle    Free Devastation    France aiming for broader COVID-19 vaccination campaign in spring: Macron    Egypt reports 370 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths on Monday    Brexit unresolved, as EU, UK say big differences remain    Cairo International Book Fair suspended for five months over coronavirus concerns    US will reduce number of its troop in Iraq, Afghanistan    Asia forms world's biggest trade bloc, a China-backed group excluding U.S    Egypt unveils largest archaeological discovery in 2020 with over 100 intact sarcophagi    Trump says won't blame Egypt for being ‘upset' over GERD dispute with Ethiopia    1st stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections kicks off on Saturday    Global Finance: Egypt's Tarek Amer among the world's top 20 central bank governors    Legend footballer Lionel Messi says he is forced to stay with Barcelona    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    Iraqi conglomerate eyes developing land that housed Mubarak-era ruling party HQ    Legend Messi officially wants to leave Barcelona, hands transfer request    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Al-Masry Al-Youm management reject workers demands over mass sackings
Workers vow to escalate as founder says that staff numbers have spiralled out of control
Published in Daily News Egypt on 12 - 10 - 2015

The head of the team tasked with restructuring the operation of Egypt's leading newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm said that he will not negotiate with the workers protesting a slew of sackings as the outlet seeks to cut costs.
In comments to Daily News Egypt on Monday, founder and previous editor of the 11-year-old Arabic-language outlet, Hisham Qassem, said that the protesting workers demands are "unrealistic" and their "inexperienced" leader has "driven them in to a wall". On Monday, the workers responded by saying they would escalate their activities.
The privately-owned newspaper plans to lay-off 60% of the workforce, its journalists have said, in efforts to tackle financial difficulties, primarily due to faltering funds from their advertising revenues.
Protesting workers have called on the management to halt the "illegal and unconstitutional" mass sackings, demanding that those voluntarily wishing to leave receive a compensation of wages of four-months for every year of their service to the daily.
The staff members have said that they are missing bonuses, called for compensation for previously sacked staff, and criticised the "threats" of selling the newspaper saying in a communiqué that the workers are a "major part of the paper and made it what it is".
However, founding publisher Hisham Qassem, who has been drafted in to lead the restructuring , told Daily News Egypt that they will not respond to the demands.
Speaking on the issues of compensation, Qassem said: "The law gives two months compensation, this is not negotiable. For compensation for old staff, all of these cases are in the courts, either the claimants have won, lost, or it's under investigation. Do the protesting workers intend to open up their own law firm?"
Qassem says that Abul-Saud Mohamed who is leading the staff protest is a "rookie" who has only recently joined the Press Syndicate. "He has driven them in to a wall by drafting unrealistic demands. They gave a 24 hours deadline on Sunday for us to respond to their demands, this has passed and we do not intend to respond to un-negotiable demands. The workers do not own the paper, its private property."
Qassem added that there is a possibility some staff will be prosecuted for tarnishing the image of the business with accusations they have made online about the management.
Organiser Abul-Saud Mohamed did not respond to various attempts to speak about the movement.
However, following the expiration of their 24-hour deadline, the Al-Masry Al-Youm workers issued a second communiqué stating they will "escalate" their actions until they are negotiated with. The workers said they will begin with a one-hour sit-in on Tuesday and will continue with various sit-ins if they receive no response. They will then escalate their fight to the "responsible state bodies".
Qassem, however, has attempted to put the blame for the job losses on the staff themselves. "When I used to work here we paid salaries of EGP 320,000 to 120 staff, now we pay EGP 3m for 600 staff and yet we still only produce 16 pages. People have hired their sons, their brothers, many are not industrious and do not show up," he said.
"They say we are threatening to sell the paper, there is no threat, we have suffered EGP 42m in losses from advertising so that shareholders have had to support the paper from their pockets. If the shareholders decide to sell, there is no procedure the staff can take."
Qassem also dismissed the significance of business tycoon Naguib Sawiris' recent comments in which he announced that he may sell his 20% share of the newspaper. "He says this every time there is a crisis."

Clic here to read the story from its source.