Today, the Popular Committees to Defend the Revolution came together with Egypt’s workers to celebrate the first Labor Day following the January Revolution. Today, workers stood in complete confidence, having embarked on a great revolutionary experience in which they realized their strength and ability learned that their rights can only be wrested back through continued struggle, not by begging for “a favor, Mr. President,” as the regime’s collaborators made us believe for thirty years.
These policies, which do not differ from the period before the revolution, are not devoid of efforts to suppress the freedom to unionize, oppress workers’ freedoms and criminalize strikes, which is a constitutional and legal right that the laborers extracted during long years of struggle. In fact our colleague ‘Ali Futuh, president of the independent union for public transportation, was turned in to be investigated and sent for trial for exercising his rights as a union member in establishing the independent union and organizing the workers to defend their rights.
Almost a year after our glorious revolution which toppled the dictator, the regime of repression, oppression, and corruption remains, now under the leadership of the military council, which imposes itself by force in an attempt to erase the traces of the revolution and deprive the poor and toiling masses from reaping the fruits of their great struggle.
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.
We are for guaranteeing the participation of the Revolution’s youth in the People’s Assembly. They are the ones who sacrificed life and soul, and occupied the streets and squares for months, but they do not have any presence in the current political parties. We are for ensuring that there will be no struggle between the Islamic movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafis, and others: the secular parties and the remnants of the dissolved National Party.
The Democratic Workers Party has followed with keen interest the current political and social position during the call for parliamentary elections, beginning with a reading of the state of the Egyptian revolution’s track and developments of social conflict on the ground. The party has specified its political program in the following points.
The Campaign to Recover Our Stolen Companies is organizing a protest this coming Sunday, September 11, at 10 am, in front of the Court of the State Council while the court considers the issues raised by the workers of five companies to terminate contracts with investors.
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.”
If Islam is the religion of the majority of the Egyptians, then what it gave rise to in terms of civilization and history belongs to all those who shared in this flourishing Islamic state. All those who live on Egypt’s soil are inheritors of the arts, knowledge, traditions, and security that have come as a result, which is the basis of the brotherhood that has existed between the followers of the major religions, just as it is the basis for building our shared future.
The signatories below emphasize the necessity to complete the demands of the Egyptian revolution which raised the slogan of social justice. This by building a new economic policy favoring wage laborers. They believe that this goal calls for adopting the following policy.
Labor Day, the first of May, arrives this year, 2011, to unprecedented circumstances: a democratic revolution sweeps through the Arab countries, Egypt and Tunisia, Libya and Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, a revolutionary storm uprooting tyranny, corruption, and inequality. The working class has participated and led the Egyptians’ struggle—sit-ins, strikes, demonstrations—since the first period of the tyrant Hosni Mubarak’s accession to power. Who among us forgets the strikes of ESCO, al-Mahalla, and Kafr al-Dawwar. Who among us can ignore the railway workers’ strike and the steel and ironworkers strike in Hilwan. The time has come to salute
Gamal Abdel Nasser calls upon the people of Egypt to go out on the 8th of July to save the revolution
Gamal Abdel Nasser calls upon the people of Egypt to go out on the 8th of July to save the revolution.
From Gamal Abdel Nasser to the free people of Egypt… Beware!