Egypt's Workers Fear Repeat of Past Woes in Investment Drive

March 12, 2015 7:03 AM

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Just days before Egypt holds a major economic conference to attract foreign investors, scores of workers held the latest in a string of protests outside government offices in Cairo, complaining that they had not been paid for months and accusing officials of siding with the company's investors. With some pushing and shoving, police broke up the gathering.

"This is only going to escalate," said Tarek Tabl, a 52-year-old engineer who has led negotiations with the government trying to resolve the dispute. He and his wife, who also works for the construction company, have not gotten their salaries for five months. "I'd rather kill myself than go home and...

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