Links: Workers' and Trade Union Involvement in Egyptian Uprising
Submitted by Janine on 11 February, 2011 - 20:17
While the exciting events in Egypt make headline news, the mainstream media do not tell us much about workers' and trade union involvement. So I have compiled this selection of links:
- Up-to-the-minute workers' movement news and reports about Egypt on LabourStart website
- Center for Trade Union and Workers' Services (the site appears in Arabic; to see the English version, click the drop-down menu, top left)
- February 8: the day for Egyptian workers
- Article by TUC International Officer, Owen Tudor: New Egyptian Trade Unions Play Their Part
- Press release announcing new trade union federation in Egypt
- Founding declaration of new trade union federation
- ITUC Supports General Strike Call and Welcomes New Independent Trade Union Federation (International Trade Union Confederation)
- Egypt's workers strike for democracy and rights, from the AFL-CIO (US equivalent of the TUC) website
- This 2009 survey of violations of trade union rights by the ITUCdetails the close relationship between the official unions and the regime, and the legal curtailing of the right to independent, effective trade unionism
- Egyptian workers start to move, from Workers' Liberty website
- Video: Striking Egyptian Workers Fuel the Uprising After 10 Years of Labor Organizing
Latest headlines from rmt.org.uk
TUBE UNION RMT warned today London Assembly members risk unleashing the biggest wave of industrial action on London Underground in 30 years after City Hall politicians lined up this morning to attack basic tube workers' rights including pensions and passes.
S Stock tube drivers on Hammersmith and City and Circle lines to take action over attack on working...
TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that driver members at a range of depots serving the Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle Lines will be taking industrial action in a dispute arising from the introduction of the new S Stock fleet.
In separate ballots conducted over the past two weeks, tube drivers, cleaners and TFL electricians and engineers have voted overwhelmingly for action in a series of disputes over attacks on agreements and working conditions, pay and threatened redundancies.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: 'This is another blast of bad news to hit Jubilee Line users after the repeated problems with the fleet and the automated operating system.
TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that electricians and engineers working for contractors Mitie on the TFL contract are to be balloted for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over redundancies and unilateral changes to working conditions.