UK: Union leaders back campaign for Haitham Mohamedain

Picture: Jane Loftus from the Communication Workers’ Union Dozens of trade union leaders signed a statement in solidarity Haitham Mohamedain, the Egyptian labour lawyer and revolutionary activist who was arrested last week, during TUC Congress in Bournemouth. Activists from MENA Solidarity also raised the crackdown on Egyptian revolutionaries, opponents of the military government and the…

Tunisia: School teachers to strike against privatisation and low pay

By Maggie Falshaw [Update: 19 April – solidarity message from UCU members at Westminster Kingsway college] School teachers in Tunis are planning one day strikes in secondary and primary schools on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 25th April respectively. The strikers’ demands are for a pay increase, as rampant inflation has considerably lowered the value of…

Bahrain: Jalila al-Salman addresses NUT conference

Vice-President of the Bahraini Teachers’ Association, Jalila al-Salman addressed the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers on 2 April. NUT national executive member Nick Grant told MENA Solidarity Network that Jalila’s speech brought delegates to their feet in a standing ovation.  “She told me at breakfast that she still has hearing and vision…

Tunisia: Teachers’ union leader from Kasserine visits UK

MENA Solidarity Network has organised for Mohamed Sghaier Saihi, spokesperson for the teachers’ union in the UGTT union federation in the Kasserine region of Tunisia, to visit the UK at the invitation of the Ealing and Oxford local associations of the National Union of Teachers. Read more on Kasserine’s struggle since the Tunisian revolution here.…

Egypt: Teachers fight for public education

By Mary Compton From Teachersolidarity.com This week I have been meeting leading members of the independent teachers unions in Egypt and learned about their struggle for properly funded public education. The visit, with other trade unionists, was organised by the Middle East and North Africa Solidarity campaign, which invited me to come along on behalf…