Author(s): Hadeer El-Mahdawyand Mohamed Hamama
Original Link: https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/06/08/feature/politics/labor-union-elections-are-back-but-with-few-promises/
After 12 years of being postponed, labor union elections for 2018–2022 kicked off on May 23 and concluded this week under a law regulating union work, passed in late 2017, that ended, at least on paper, the state-affiliated Egyptian Trade Union Federation’s (ETUF) 61-year monopoly, and allowed for the formal creation of independent unions.However, members and leaders of independent unions cite the legislation as among the primary obstacles to a free and fair election. “These were the worst labor elections Egypt has witnessed,” says Kamal Abbas, the head of the Center for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS), which organized a press conference on June 3 to raise the issue of election violations.
Members and leaders of independent unions, however, cite many obstacles to free and fair elections, among them the law itself governing the work of labor unions. “It was the worst labor elections Egypt has witnessed,” says Kamal Abbas, head of the Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services (CTUWS), which organized a press conference on June 3 to raise election violations.
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