Tunisia: workers still fighting one year on from the revolution

One year ago in Tunisia workers were playing a vital role in the protests sweeping the country against the Ben Ali regime.  “The trade unions’ role is one of the most striking aspects of the December protests”, wrote the Tunisia expert Christopher Alexander in the magazine Foreign Policy. On the 7th January thousands of lawyers…

Egypt: Strike paralyses railway

Hundreds of striking railworkers blockaded the tracks on 25 July at the main railway station in Cairo, paralysing the movement of trains. They are demanding improved bonuses and death-in-service benefits as well as the resignation of managers and officials from the corrupt pro-mubarak trade union. Monday’s strike and protest came after management failed to meet…

Egypt: Judgement reserved in case against transport workers’ leader

4 June 2011 Translation of report by Ashraf Omar and Haitham Muhammadain (http://www.e-socialists.net/node/6969) The Disciplinary Court of the Presidency of the Republic today reserved judgement in the case against Ali Fattouh, president of the Cairo Independent Public Transport Workers Union, until its session on 25 June. Dozens of workers from the Public Transport Authority attended…