Had an article Published by the lovely folk at newmatilda.com, about the role of organised labour in Egypt’s ongoing revolution.
While the west may be under the impression that the revolution in Egypt is over, on the ground, it looks like it’s just getting started.
Protests by Coptic Christians and feminists as well as ongoing demonstrations by a hard core of democracy activists have continued. All have been met with violent reactions. The size of these protests, however, is dwarfed by the labour actions, strikes, protests — and even boss-nappings — that have taken place across the country following Mubarak’s resignation. This has put the workers on a collision course with the armed forces who currently rule the country and who have issued a decree re-affirming the illegality of such actions.
When asked whether it was because the army high command had links to the business elite, Egyptian journalist Ahmed Atteya told New Matilda, “they are the business elite”. He described close links between business, the armed forces, and the National Democratic Party (whose head office overlooking Tahrir Square is now a burnt out shell), with generals trading khaki for pinstripe…
Read the rest here.