Dozens of workers at state-owned newspaper Rose al-Youssef continued their protest for a fourth day on Wednesday, blocking traffic on Cairo's bustling Qasr al-Aini street to demand payment of late salaries and financial dues.
Arguments erupted between motorists and workers blocking the road as policemen attempted to persuade them to allow traffic to pass.
Workers’ demands include proper guarantees for temporary workers and an urgent plan to employ them on a permanent basis, withdrawal of confidence in the company's chairman and the general assembly, as well as proper medical care provisions and equal treatment of all workers at Rose al-Youssef.
Striking workers told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Wednesday that demonstrators had blocked Qasr al-Aini because chairman Abdel Sadeq al-Shorbagy announced his resignation, citing a lack of funds to pay the necessary financial entitlements.
The Shura Council's decision not to pay a subsidy usually allocated to the institution has also stoked anger at the newspaper.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm