Feb 9, 2011

Strikes in Egypt: Egypt's Long Labor History

A number of independent trade unions in Egypt have launched strikes in solidarity with the nation's protest movement.  The Socialist Webzine provides a look at "Egypt's long labor history":
THE EGYPTIAN WORKING class is one of the oldest in the region, with a long history of internationalist solidarity. Egyptian loading and longshoremen workers in 1947, for example, boycotted the Dutch ship in Canal Suez in solidarity with the Indonesian people’s independence struggle. The union of the workers issued a statement against colonialism in general. They did not allow the ship to service or go through the Canal despite the resistance and efforts made by English and French administrators.  The early 20th century began with a wave of strikes, partly in reaction to discriminatory policies adopted by British colonial administrators who favored European over Egyptian workers . . . 

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