Egyptian Union Organizes with Global Support

by Paul Garver Update: Following the reinstatement of all 5 executive members of the Cadbury Alexandria Union under their former conditions, elections were held on August 29 for the executive council of the union. The leaders were once again elected as the principal officers of the union and supporters of the leadership fill all 9 […]

A New President Will Not Stabilize Egypt

by Carl Finamore Egypt remains in a heightened state of political turmoil. Since the mass popular revolt in Feb. 2011 that toppled the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, there have been four governments, three votes on revised constitutions, two parliamentary elections and one presidential election with another scheduled for May 26-27, 2014. This makes seven referendum […]

Unions, the First and Last Hope for Egyptian Revolution

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   When more than 20 organizers from labor unions and community organizations as part of the Organizers’ Forum delegation visited Egypt in 2011 after the revolution several years ago scores of meetings with political parties, activists, community and labor organizers, proved the one clear reality-tested conclusion that cut through all of […]

Understanding Egypt Today: Military Rule Deja Vu

by Carl Finamore By conducting a military coup on July 3, 2013 the Egyptian military acted to diffuse the near-insurrectionary outpouring of millions during June 30 Tamarod (Rebel) protests demanding an end to the discredited Muslim Brotherhood government of president Muhammad Morsi. It is now five months since the generals “kidnapped” the revolution, as Fatma […]

Egyptians Who Protest Worker Rights Abuses Are Labeled “Terrorists”

by Heba F. El-Shazli   Amid the political and social chaos that reigns in Egypt today, a semblance of normality persists: People go to work; they buy food; they try to feed their families.  And, as in the past, Egyptians employers, with the active support of the Egyptian government, flagrantly violate fundamental workers rights. Workers […]

Egyptian Military Seeks Support for Counter Revolution

By Carl Finamore Egypt is again making headlines and the army is again stepping from behind the curtains to take center stage. The military-appointed civilian figures are merely second-rate stand ins. Polls indicate that most Egyptians don’t even recognize the names of the president or the prime minister. This is the second time in as […]

ITUC Statement on Egypt

  16 August 2013: The ITUC is deeply shocked at the events of 14 August on Rabaa Al’Adaouia and Nahda squares in Cairo and the continuing violence which has seen some 20 churches and dozens of government buildings burnt. More than 600 people were killed including 43 police, and hundreds more injured, when security forces […]

Millions Turn Up the Heat in Egypt

By Carl Finamore The incredibly massive June 30 protests of millions in dozens of cities across Egypt exceeded expectations of supporters and adversaries alike. The protest demands were “to withdraw confidence in President Mohamed Morsi, to uphold the goals of the revolution and to call for early presidential elections.” Despite hundreds of thousands of Morsi […]

Egypt: Morsi’s Policies to Blame for Deepening Crisis

ITUC OnLine Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s deeply partisan social and economic policies are at the root of the huge wave of popular discontent in Egypt, with more than 20 million people taking to the streets in recent days, calling for his replacement.  Seven people are known to have been killed in demonstrations and several hundred […]

Global Solidarity with Egyptian, Tunisian and Pakistani Workers Abused by American-based Corporation

by Paul Garver Mondelez International, the global corporation that is the object of the protest by American workers in this image, is not a household name. But its portfolio includes several billion-dollar brands such as Cadbury and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gum. Mondelez International, until […]