Thursday, 16 March 2017

Egyptian Trade Unionists Jailed

The toppling of the Mubarak regime in Egypt led to workers winning for the first time the right to free and independent trade unions. That right is now under threat as the current regime seeks to imprison trade union members at the IFFCO edible oils factory in Suez.

Those workers have faced severe repression but finally had a glimmer of hope when on 29 January the jailed workers were all acquitted of the "crime" of inciting a strike.

But the story doesn't end there.  The prosecution has appealed the decision and the workers will be tried again.  Fifteen IFFCO workers including the union President and General Secretary are barred from returning to work and union members are under pressure to "resign".

The International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) has launched a major online campaign to demand that the charges be dropped -- and an end to anti-union repression.

Please take a moment to send your message of protest -- it WILL make a difference:

Click here to send your message

Please share this message with your friends, family and fellow trade union members.

Thank you very much!

Eric Lee

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