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Egypt: New trade union federation formed

Center for Trade Union & Workers Services (CTUWS)

Translation of original in Arabic into English:

Press Release

Date: Sunday, 30 January 2011

Today, representatives of the of the Egyptian labor movement, made up of the independent Egyptian trade unions of workers in real estate tax collection, the retirees, the technical health professionals and representatives of the important industrial areas in Egypt: Helwan, Mahalla al-Kubra, the tenth of Ramadan city, Sadat City and workers from the various industrial and economic sectors such as: garment & textiles, metals industry, pharmaceuticals, chemical industry, government employees, iron and steel, automotive, etc… And they agreed to hold a press conference at 3:30pm this afternoon in Tahrir Square next to Omar Effendi Company store in downtown Cairo to announce the organization of the new Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions and to announce the formation of committees in all factories and enterprises to protect, defend them and to set a date for a general strike. And to emphasize that the labor movement is in the heart and soul of the Egyptian Peoples’ revolution and its emphasis on the support for the six requirements as demanded by the Egyptian People's Revolution. To emphasize the economic and democratic demands voiced by the independent labor movement through thousands of strikes, sit-ins and protests by Egyptian workers in the past years.

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Comment by Eric Lee on February 5, 2011 at 15:14
There will be no Egyptian Trade Union Federation presence there, Nick, because the ETUF is supporting Mubarak, as they have always done.  Hence the need, as seen by Egyptian workers, for new and independent trade unions.
Comment by Nick Wheeler on February 5, 2011 at 12:00
I look longingly at Tahrir Square and surroundings, hoping to see an Egyptian Trade Union Federation presence - because labour now must show its' power.
Victory to the Egyptian workers. Congratulations to the people who defied Mubarak.
Comment by Eric Lee on February 1, 2011 at 8:45
Egypt had no legal, independent unions until very, very recently.   The percentage of workers in unions is irrelevant so long as those unions are state-controlled.  That is why this development is so significant.
Comment by Alan L. Maki on January 31, 2011 at 19:04
Do you know the percentage of workers in unions?

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