Monday, May 14, 2007

Solidarity with Egyptian Labour Activists

Hossam el-Hamalawy is seeking international support for labour activists victimised by the Egyptian state during the course of this ongoing strike wave. One is an organiser named Mohamed el-Attar, who has led strikes as well as campaigns against corrupt state officials. The company, acting on instructions from the state police, is moving him across the country, far away from his family, in order to stop him and help break the power of the union. The appeal is as follows:

If you are a trade unionist, a member of a syndicate, student union, political party, NGO, or a human rights organization, please try to get your union or organization to issue a solidarity statement with Attar, calling for the revoke of the transfer decree, his reinstatement back in his position in Mahalla, and send it to the following Egyptian ministries:

Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif
Address: Magles El Shaab St., Kasr El Aini St.Cairo
Fax: +(202) 7356449 - 7958016
E-mail: primemin@idsc.gov.eg
Minister of Manpower and Migration: Aisha Abdel Hadi
Fax: +202 2609891
Email: manpower@mome.gov.eg
Minister of Investment: Dr. Mahmoud Mohieedin
Fax: +202 4055635
Email: ministermeeting@investment.gov.eg


The Egyptian government is shit scared of the militant trade union movement, which I would guess is the only reason this guy isn't in a cell somewhere. They know they could fall. It's a very delicate moment for the regime. So, by all means, why not help the movement that is bringing the dictator to his knees?

Update: Campaign successful!