Last updated: 8 April, 2020

Egypt: Private-sector garment workers forced to choose between health and livelihoods

Thousands of private-sector garment workers in the Egyptian cities of Port Said and Ismailia are at risk of losing their jobs, having their incomes slashed or being made to work without protective equipment the spread of COVID-19, Amnesty International said today as hundreds of others were dismissed last month. Egyptian business owners have over the past two weeks publicly pressured the government to keep private businesses open, but many do not appear to have addressed workers’ legitimate concerns over their safety and livelihoods.