AROUND 450 workers at the Qaliub ESCO textile factory began their second strike on Sunday 13 February in protest at the privatisation of their company.
The strike came after five months of negotiations and unfulfilled promises by the management of the company, the governor and the ministry of labour, which refused to look into their complaints.
Qaliub ESCO workers had organised their first strike five months ago after an advertisement appeared announcing that the factory was for sale.
Since then the workers have been involved in negotiations. They have received false promises from factory officials that their complaints will be considered.
At the same time strong rumors have been circulating among the workforce that the company has already been sold.
The buyer is believed to be a firm which has been operating inside the plant for some time.
Egyptian workers know that privatisation means fewer rights, poorer conditions, and increased exploitation, poverty and hunger.
They also know that to protect their rights they will have to struggle.
We salute the struggle of the textile workers in Qaliub.
Their battle is for all Egyptian workers and against privatisation, capitalism and exploitation.