Egypt’s winter of discontent is growing. Following victories in major strikes last month, 13,000 workers at the Samanoud textile factory walked out on Thursday of last week, demanding an increase in food allowances.
On the same day 1,900 textile workers in Ghazl Meit Ghamr struck after 17 union activists were victimised.
Meanwhile workers at a telephone equipment company in Helwan stopped work to demand payment of bonuses, and over 1,000 gardeners in public gardens staged a street protest – illegal under military law.
Strike leaders will be attending the Fifth Cairo Conference 29 March to 1 April 2007. Get your union to send delegates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org