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.