We have received a Press Release from the Center for Trade Union & Workers’ Services in Cairo via Akram Nadir from Federation of Workers' Councils and Unions in Iraq about a meeting called to set up a new trade union federation in Egypt, which we publish for the interest of our readers.
Center for Trade Union & Workers Services Press Release
Today [30 January 2011], representatives of the Egyptian labour 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, metal industry, pharmaceuticals, chemical industry, government employees, iron and steel, automotive, etc…, met and agreed to hold a press conference at 3:30pm this afternoon in Tahrir Square next to the 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 labour 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 labour movement through thousands of strikes, sit-ins and protests by Egyptian workers in the past years.
(Translation of original in Arabic into English)
Sunday, 30 January 2011
Centre for Trade Union & Workers Services, Cairo/Egypt -- website: http://ctuws.com/