Now this movement is challenging the state-backed unions, and raising political demands about democracy, corruption and repression.
Often the strikes are short, winning victories after occupations, hunger strikes and confrontations with the hated state security forces.
No sooner is one strike settled than another breaks out.
This is Egypt’s winter of discontent. In the words of one strike leader it is the beginning of the “revolution of the hungry”.
Read the rest here, and check out this excellent picture of protesting workers, taken by Nasser Nourie initially featured on 3arabawy: