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Egyptian strikers beat privatisation

Issue No. 2033

Striking textile workers defy the state and take to the streets in Mahal el-Kubra, Egypt

Striking textile workers defy the state and take to the streets in Mahal el-Kubra, Egypt


In late December over 20,000 Egyptian textile workers in Mahal el-Kubra went on strike against privatisation and won.

Workers drove out the hated security police during their strike.

They also held massive rallies that became a symbol of freedom in a country where speaking out is considered a crime.

The victory at the al-Mahala Textile Company is the first significant victory by Egyptian workers for a generation.

A rash of strikes over the last few months – including disputes in the cement factories, shipyards and car plants – is a sign that the resistance to neoliberalism is growing in our country.


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Sat 13 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2033
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