Egypt is entering a crisis. The
working class is standing up, as strike after strike shakes the country. The
government has decided to hit back, attempting to close the Centre for Trade
Union and Workersâ€™ Services.
For the last three years Egypt has
experienced a wave of strikes, mainly in order to fight against a new wave of
privatisation of state owned companies promoted by the Mubarak government. The movement started amongst textile workers but has now
spread to other sectors, encouraged by the fact that most of the strikes have
ended up in victories
The recent elections
in Egypt were in no way democratic. What they reflect is the
pressure of imperialism that wishes somehow to stop the unstoppable, that is
the inevitable movement of the masses from below. But the change is only
cosmetic and the masses can see through this.
We received this article from a trade union activist in Egypt who
reports on how the state security police have removed candidates in the
trade union elections who are opposed to privatisation. It is quite
clear that a very angry mood is developing among Egyptian workers and
the state, in collaboration with the leaders of the trade unions, are
attempting to stifle the growing opposition.