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Egyptian shipyard workers still face jail threat for organising resistance

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2522

Shipyard sit-in (Pic:

A verdict in the trial of 26 workers from Egypt’s Alexandria Shipyard has been delayed for a further month.

Fourteen of the accused will endure another month in police custody.

The decision was expected last weekend, with the workers potentially facing three-year sentences from a military court.

They were arrested after staging a sit-in at the yard in May.

It called for payment of bonuses, permanent contracts for 36 temporary workers, and to allow workers to receive promised promotions.

Military police surrounded the workers and arrested 13 of them, together with a clerical worker.

Egyptian socialist activist Hisham Fouad has written about the importance of the case.

He said, “It has to be understood in the context of a widespread attack on workers by the military regime as it pursues a plan of counter-revolution aimed at reversing the gains of the 2011 revolution through attacks on opposition political groups, students and youth movements.

“Terrorising workers also serves the goal of imposing austerity policies.”

Leading trade unionists from the port cities of Portsmouth in Britain and Piraeus in Greece have backed the solidarity campaign.

A message of support also came from electricians at the Rosyth shipyard where workers are taking their own action.

The delay in the verdict until 18 October must be used to build wider solidarity.

Send a message to president el-Sisi calling on him to free the workers and end military trials for civilians.
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