Striking public sector workers sent a message to Egypt’s ruling military today from pickets right at the heart of government. They called for an end to military trials for civilians, the release of protesters detained last week in Abbassiya, and the repeal of laws criminalising strikes and protests. From the Inland Revenue, to Whitehall and Millbank strikers had a message for David Cameron and his arms dealer friends who accompanied him to Egypt last year: ‘Stop supporting the military council’s crackdown’.
Healthworkers from UNITE union at St Thomas’ Hospital also joined the campaign. Strikers signed petitions and took solidarity photos to highlight the on-going repression in Egypt.
Picket lines and union rallies around the country heard the messages of solidarity from Egyptian healthworker activists. In Brighton the message was read out by Tom Hickey from the National Executive of the lecturers’ union UCU at a rally for the town’s striking workers. The crowd at the Manchester rally erupted in applause as the chair read out the message from Egypt. The message was also read out by strikers at Whipps Cross Hospital, University College London Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital .
For more pictures from around the picket lines see below: