The Egyptian labor movement has a long history of resistance, but the current repressive regime is coming down hard on independent trade union organizing. Read the essay written by Hossam el-Hamalawy supported by Union to Union and the Swedish trade unions Vision and Kommunal under the project “Strengthening organisational and campaigning capacities of PSI affiliates in Egypt”
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When Egypt appears in the international press nowadays, it is commonly about mass incarceration, torture, stifling of dissent and white elephant projects by its megalomaniac military dictator Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi. Unfortunately, the situation of industrial politics and the near-impossible conditions for labor organizing are seldom mentioned.
More than a decade after the January 25 revolution in 2011, basic civil liberties — including the right to the freedom of assembly, to unionize and to form associations and political parties — remain non-existent. In such a hostile environment, Egyptian labor unions are struggling to survive and maintain the independence they built through years of struggle.
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Egyptian labor in the revolutionary struggle
The Egyptian labor movement has a long history of resistance, but the current repressive regime is coming down hard on independent trade union organizing.https://roarmag.org/essays/egypt-labor-unions/