4 March 2013 – Work on the construction of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna, North Giza and Banha power stations in the country’s northeast came to a halt in the last days of February 2013 because of strikes by workers demanding permanent employment and higher wages.

Construction workers at the new state-owned power station in Sokhna on Egypt’s Red Sea coast halted all building activity and blocked the plant’s main entrances. The workers, who are employed by different subcontracting companies, demand permanent employment contracts at the plant and reject the employment of individuals coming from other governorates than Suez.

Workers at the Banha and Giza power plants demanded higher wages and permanent employment contracts, and barricaded the plants’ entrances.

The ministry of electricity has warned workers against resorting to violent measures, as the actions taken are not representative of peaceful demonstrations, and halting construction will affect the country’s electricity network.