Trade union federation to submit laborer rights complaint to ILO
YOUM7/Ahmed Maarouf

CAIRO: A complaint over labor rights violations will be submitted within two days by the Egyptian Federation for Independent Trade Unions (EFITU) to the International Federation of Trade Unions.

Huda Zakaria, a former EFITU member, told The Cairo Post Saturday that the complaint summarized violations committed against workers’ rights and will be presented at the annual conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO) at the end of May. Zakaria said she hoped the letter would dispel the belief that laborers in Egypt are treated well, and have their rights respected.

The complaint, she said, will document cases of arbitrary dismissal and police assaults on striking laborers. The ongoing strike of Crystal Asfour Company workers and their protest against the detention of their colleagues will be a specific case cited in the complaint.

Fourteen-thousand Crystal Asfour workers are striking in three factories in Shubra el-Kheima in Qalyubia, after administrators denied them their profit share for last year. The company’s board of directors announced employees would not receive their share because the company did not earn enough profits in 2013.

In related labor news, The Cairo Post reported on May 15 that employees of the National Gas Company (NATGAS) were furious after many were forced to sign resignations or be arbitrarily dismissed. The company, they said, wanted to replace them with less experienced, lower-salaried workers.

Yousri Maarouf, the head of the Democratic Union of Egypt’s Laborers, told The Cairo Post that the current law does not protect laborers’ rights and allows companies to dismiss high-paid veteran workers and appoint new, less-experienced workers who will work for lower salaries.

Additional reporting by Amira el-Fekki

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