A strike by thousands of workers at the state-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving firm, Egypt's largest textile factory, has come to an end after company officials agreed to some of their demands.

Intervention by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi after a textile worker was killed and four others injured is also thought to have contributed to the end of the dispute.

Around 23,000 workers at Misr Spinning and Weaving took part in the week-long protests, and were joined by thousands of employees at other state-owned factories, including El-Nasr, Tanta, Kafr el Dawar and Samannood Wool Weavers, local news reports said.

However, the activists say industrial action might begin again in September following the end of Ramadan, as the company still hasn't met a number of demands relating to better pay and conditions. Officials have so far agreed to increase the workers' share of company profits and improve healthcare benefits.

According to the Egypt Daily News, protesters want a minimum wage of EGP1,500 (US$247), the removal of the company's president Fouad Abd El-Alim and his deputy, a 12-month bonus, a social allowance of 15%, and a three-month end of service pay for each year worked.

A wave of strikes by Egyptian textile workers is said to have been the trigger for last year's Tahrir Square uprising, which led to the removal of President Hosni Mubarak.

However, business operators still have strong links to the old regime and newly elected President Mursi has yet to tackle Egypt's urgent economic problems.

Progress in putting effective worker protections and labour laws in place has also been slow since the revolution, with workers continuing to be angry at management attempts to take away benefits, as well as over unpaid wages and demands for pay increases.

"President Morsi's intervention is crucial but it doesn't get to the root of the problem - workers are weary of the top-level political intrigue while basic questions, such as non-payment of wages, are not being dealt with," says Sharan Burrow, general secretary at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

"The government needs to move quickly to address these basic concerns and the military must allow it to do so. Workers are feeling the squeeze, financially and politically, and any failure to deal with their demands would have dramatic results."