A Cairo Tower official source said the tower has been temporarily shut down until a new agreement with an investor is signed, instead of the Lebanese investor Khaled Abu Zahra whose family has been renting the tower since 1988.
The source told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the 120 workers at the tower currently have no income, adding that Abu Zahra told workers on 31 January that there contracts have been terminated until a new investor rents the tower and decides whether they would continue to work there or would be replaced.
Amr Mossad, head of the tower's workers union, said the workers filed a complaint with the public prosecutor against their layoff, and another with the General Union of Tourism.
The workers called on Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to solve their problem and hung his pictures on the walls of the tower.
Cairo Tower was first inaugurated in 1961 under late president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm