Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

16 July 2012

Egypt: Sabahi's Campaign Declares Solidarity With Mahalla Workers

Ex-presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has announced its full solidarity with the Mahalla textile workers and all Egyptian workers in order for them to get their full dues and have a minimum level of wages that preserve the workers' dignity and return their long-awaited rights.

In a statement obtained by Aswat Masriya, the campaign called on all political powers and trade unions to declare their solidarity with the textile workers to achieve their fair demands. These demands are the right to work by operating the factories that are currently out of service, the right to a minimum wage and the right to strike and form labour unions.

The Mahalla workers and all Egyptian workers who were affected by the former regime's policies were and still are an integral pillar of the Egyptian revolution, the campaign stated.

The workers are the ones who take credit for initiating the spark for change in Egypt with their valiant uprisings especially in Mahalla when they led strikes and demonstrations in 2004, 2006 and 2008 in addition to hundreds of protests that followed later all of which paved the way for the January 25 revolution.

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