31 Jan 2011

Egyptian workers form new union

The TUC has received the following press release from the independent
trade union organisation CTUWS, whose website has been blocked by the
Egyptian government as part of the repression of dissent in Egypt.

Press Release
Date: Sunday, 30 January 2011
Today, representatives 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... 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.
Translation of original in Arabic into English

ITUC statement here:

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