Reuters news agency reported on Sunday 13 February that "an Egyptian army source" has said that a ban on strikes and union meetings would be decreed on Monday 14th.
The Egyptian people have forced their hated ruler, Hosni Mubarak, out of office. Through mobilising massive numbers of people onto the streets, workers taking action, and refusing to back down in the face of tiny 'concessions', the uprising has won its first main goal. They now face a fight for Egypt's future.
A new committee, focused on supporting the new workers' movement in Egypt, was launched at a meeting in London on 17 February. Its website will soon be live at http://www.egyptworkersolidarity.org/.
Activists from Middle East Workers' Solidarity helped set up the 17 February meeting, and MEWS expects to be collaborating closely with the new group. The Middle East Workers' Solidarity website gives up-to-date information on workers' activity in the whole region, and many links to background material.
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In this paper we have warned against the Muslim Brotherhood as a force which could confiscate the revolution in Egypt and turn it into an Islamist counter-revolution.
There is no historical precedent for the transformation of a fascist movement into something akin to a mass social democratic organisation. Yet although the Socialist Workers’ Party would never state things as explicitly as that, this is effectively the claim it makes about the trajectory of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Tamer Fathy, International Relations Secretary of the Centre for Trade Union and Workers’ Services, spoke to Solidarity about the new union federation in Egypt.
In Egypt, Tahrir Square has become a symbol for grass-roots democratic organisation, with mass movements holding daily plebiscites on strategy and programme, with an unquenchable thirst for political discussion, and a vibrant sense of the power of ordinary people when they lose their fear.
As Solidarity went to press on 8 February, workers at the centre of Egypt’s economy, in the Suez Canal Company at the cities of Suez, Port Said, and Ismailia began an open-ended sit-in strike.
As the Egyptian people rebel against the Mubarak dynasty, New Labour's "lord of darkness" Peter Mandelson offers advice.
Statements of solidarity with the Egyptian revolution from the leader of the Federation of Workers' Councils and Unions in Iraq and the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq.