After decades of bitter struggle and thanks to the sacrifices made by the great Egyptian people in the January 25th Revolution, the Egyptian working class has obtained the right to organize its ranks in independent trade unions, far from the interference of the government, parties, and employers.
Workers have discovered that after the strike ends (especially if their demands were addressed) they will need a way to stay more connected. A ready weapon they can use any time to hang onto the rights they won. Something around which they can organize; something they can use to demand other rights. A tool that can help them negotiate and decide what to do next.
After the verdict to dissolve the National Democratic Party, the Administrative Court ruled to dissolve all of the Local Councils. The reasons given for the court’s ruling were that “the Local Councils derived their legitimacy and existence from the previous regime that corrupted and destroyed everything beautiful in Egypt, and the Local Councils were among the tools used by the regime to achieve its goals.”
The leadership of the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions was surprised by the position of Dr. `Isam Sharaf’s government, which aimed to lay the cost of austerity solely on workers, pensioners, and the popular classes generally, despite the existence of many ways to fund the public treasury. The great calamity is that this all takes place in the absence of any societal or national dialogue, in which representatives of the three arms of production participate in negotiations about the path out of the crisis, and about how to distribute burdens so as to guarantee the country’s stability and stimulate the economy.
… The people want to live … in dignity, freedom, and social justice ….. so has what they want been realized? Was the revolution only to depose Mubarak? Whoever says so is the one who wants to rule in his place and leave his policies and the cornerstones of his regime in place … Is the meaning of the revolution leaving 94 thousand advisers of state agencies with 350 thousand foreign experts demanding monthly salaries from 80 thousand to 2 million Egyptian pounds each month? Is the revolution that which makes a criminal of
Six months to remove Mubarak and the figureheads of his regime, yet the corrupt regime still suffocates us with its clear social and economic favoritism and its hostility towards the poor classes of people who were the fuel of the revolution. This regime serves the interests of its own social class which sucked the blood of our people before the 25 January Revolution. It played a significant role in the administration of the counter-revolution in order to preserve its economic interests, which are in direct conflict with the interests of the great majority of our people.
The Union of Popular Areas announces an invitation to a revolutionary million man demonstration, striving through peaceful and legal means, applying the principles of freedom and justice
The Egyptian Student Union was operating until its self-destruction, having been aborted by the decree of 1979. This Union was represented in the People’s Assembly and presented the problems, the hopes, and the dreams of Egyptian Students directly to the President of the Republic. There was an attempt to reinstate it in the summer of 2010 by the American University in Cairo’s student union, but, instead, was thwarted by state security.