Friday, 6 May 2011

[creative-radio] Building Bridges: Egyptian Workers Breaking Free


Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
Inspiration From Egypt: A May Day Message
Hossam el-Hamalawy,
Historian, Activist Reporter,Blogger, from Cairo

The events in Egypt, were a catalyst throughout the Middle East for the
yearnings for democracy and working class empowerment. And, as well the
aspirations & activism of the Egyptians has given inspiration to us here, in
the face of a full court press against the working class. The current
renaissance of unionism in Egypt should likewise give us inspiration.
Hossam el-Hamalawy provides an insightful report on the May Day celebrations
in Cairo detailing the
continuing conflict between the newly formed independent unions and the
state unions which were still being supported by the military on May Day
celebrations. He provides a fascinating history of unions in Egypt
culminating in their present emergence of a free trade union movement
independent of the state with demands for dissolution of the state unions,
higher wages and renationization of substantial parts of previously
privatized industries.
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