Syndicates’ union demand to stop strikes is tool to gain regime’s favor
Minister of Manpower Nahed al-Ashry - YOUM7
By MOHAMED MAHSOUB and NESMA HOSSAM

CAIRO: Egypt’s National Labor Union will announce in Ministry of Manpower Sunday a charter of honor to stop strikes for three months to give Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab’s government a chance to work, the union leader Mohamed Abdeen said.

Egypt’s Labor Syndicates general union’s demand to stop strikes is a tool the Union is using to gain the regime’s favor. No one can promise to stop the strikes because they come from the legitimate demands of the labor and according to the labor, it is within their right to make demands, Abdeen said in a statement Saturday.

The union was accustomed to obey the authorities for 40 years since it was established and it is not new to the union’s representatives, Abdeen told Youm7 Saturday.

After the January 25 Revolution when some of the union’s representatives participated in the incident of the Battle of the Camels on Feb. 2, 2011, the union demanded to stop strikes. The same members of the union promised to stop strikes when ousted President Mohamed Morsi took over. But their promise only lasted one day and the workers organized a strike soon after.

Originally published in Youm7.

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