Situation of Egypt’s Workers on Labor Day Occasion

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Abdelhafez Alsawy

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Situation of Egypt’s Workers on Labor Day Occasion

In light of the political tyranny that Egypt has experienced since the military coup of July 3, 2013, it is difficult to talk about a role for the labor movement, either in defending labor issues such as the right to a fair pay, proper work environment, etc., or in participation in the Egyptian public action.

The labor movement in Egypt has been domesticated for decades, although it has been active under economic and social pressures during the last years of the Mubarak era.  Although the labor movement maintained its activities after the revolution of January 25, 2011, however it has been subjected to excessive government abuse after the military coup of July 2013; as various military coup governments did not tolerate any form of labor mobilization, whether in the public or the private sectors. It is noteworthy that Egyptian workers always announced that their demands have been limited to improvement of their economic and social conditions, away from any political aspirations.

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