Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Thu93 2020

Last update18:06 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
Egypt: Mubarak’s concessions lead to more resistance
Egypt: Mubarak’s concessions lead to more resistance
The repression at Mahalla al-Kubra’s textile mills in Egypt has not dampened the wave of protests and strikes.
Tuesday, April 29,2008 15:34
Socialist Worker.Co

The repression at Mahalla al-Kubra"s textile mills in Egypt has not dampened the wave of protests and strikes.

The government of Hosni Mubarak, a key US ally in the region, offered Mahalla workers a bonus of 30 days" pay in an effort to defuse the resistance.

But this has backfired as the bonus – described by the workers as a "bribe" – has set a new benchmark for workers across the country.

Textile workers at Wabariyat Sammanoud occupied their factory demanding parity with Mahalla workers. Children joined the factory occupation – which was led by the 750 women who make up the majority of its 1,300 workforce. The occupation won after a week.

A similar occupation took place at the Mansoura Espa?a Garments Company after new owners refused to honour an agreement forged during an earlier strike.

Meanwhile in the desert oasis of Bahariya, north west of the capital Cairo, over 5,000 demonstrators braved tear gas to protest at attacks on local authorities. The government backed down following the protests.

A campaign launched by doctors for a living wage has now spread to dentists. The wave of protests and strikes is the biggest in over 50 years.

Posted in  
Related Articles
Katatny Demands Investigation into Mahallah Riots
Solidarity with Mahalla
HRW Calls for Investigating Police Use of Force During Mahalla Protests
The Lessons of al-Mahalla al-Kubra
Al-Huseini: MB Will Not Participate in Mahalla’s Demo Today
Al-Jazzar Condemns Police Brutality, Killing Two During Mahalla Protests
Historic victory for Egyptian workers at Mahalla textile plant
Striking Mahalla workers demand govt fulfill broken promises
Al Mahalla Workers Maintain Strike till Getting Rights
Video: Mahalla textile workers strike
Govt crackdown on Mahalla labor activists
State Security crack down on Mahalla labor activists
Witch hunt against Mahalla strike leaders begins
Police threatens Mahalla labor leaders