Cairo 7 May, 2018
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said: “During April there were at least 50 labor, professional and social protests in conjunction with the workers’ attempts to build their independent unions to represent their will and interests.
This month there was a struggle between the workers’ initiatives to adjust the conditions of their independent unions (which emerged in the wake of the 25 January 2011 revolution) and the Egyptian authority represented by the Ministry of Manpower which is working tirelessly to obstruct the efforts of these unions in reconciliation in accordance with Law 213 of 2017 on Trade Unions and the Right to Organize and its bylaws.”
ANHRI’s Freedom of Expression and Social Movements program today launched its April 2018 report on labor, professional and social protests.
The program monitored (50 protests) during the month .. Including 16 (labor and professional) and 34 social protests.
It is noted from the charts of the methods of labor and professional protests that threatening to protest came in the first place, and striking came second, which confirms that workers resort to strike only after exhausting all means of collective bargaining with the administration.
The program recorded 6 cases of threats to strike during April, including threats to strike by workers in Maspero, the Doctors’ Syndicate threat to hold a partial strike in hospitals, the threat of the workers of the Qena Spinning Factory to resorting to an open sit-in and a strike, the threat of the workers at the school feed factory in Fayoum, and the threat of the Notary Public Department employees at the Ministry of Justice to strike.
Some of these have already turned into one form of protest or another, while some are still pending answers from the administration to their demands.
The program also monitored four major labor and professional strikes, including the strikes of Bisco Misr Company in the Cairo and Alexandria branches, the strike of dozens of nursing schools at the Fransawi Hospital, dozens in the General Hospital of Santa and the strike of dozens of security staff at the University Hospital in Shebin El Koum.
Resorting to suicide as a form of protest continued as a form of expression of poor social conditions in irregular and seasonal employment, where the program recorded eight cases of suicide during April.
Some MPs appeared on the scene as political actors in the labor and social protests, as 8 MPs from the parliamentary bloc (25-30) asked the Minister of Manpower for a briefing regarding the crisis of workers of Bisco Misr, MP Ahmed Farouk announced his intention to sit-in the House of Representatives and start a hunger strike because of the unresolved drainage problems in his constituency.
As for the geographical distribution of the protests, Cairo continues to lead in terms of the number of labor and professional protests, and social protests as well, with 7 labor protests and 8 social protests.
As for protests per sector, the health sector occupied the first place of labor protests, moving the education and scientific research sector to second place. Suicide is still the primary means of expressing social protest, and the agriculture, irrigation and fishing sector is taking over the place of education and scientific research.
Click here to read the full report: Labor & Social protests Index in April 2018
Click here to read previous reports: Labor & Social protests Index in March 2018