ANHRI: 61 labor and social protests in February, compared with 30 in January

Cairo 11 March, 2018

The Freedom of Expression for Workers and Social Movements program of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) released today its second monthly report on labor and social protests during February 2018.

The program monitored (61 protests) during the month .. Including 27 (labor and professional) and 34 social protests.

Sharkia came top in the number of labor and professional protests during February by 5 protests, followed by Cairo with 4 protests, followed by Port Said, Fayoum and Alexandria in third place with 3 protests each, and in the fifth place Menoufia, Ismailia, Qaliubia, Minya, Qena, Beni Suef with one protest each, while several cities simultaneous threats to protest during February.

While Cairo topped the social protests by 6 social protests during February. Al Gharbia came second with 5 protests. In third place were Alexandria and Kafr El Sheikh with 4 protests. Luxor came in fourth place with 3 protests, In the fifth place came Dakahlia and Menoufia with two protests during the month, and in sixth place came Ismailia, Giza, Qaliubia, Minya, Qena, Suez, Assiut, Fayoum, with one protest each.

As for the protesting sectors, the education sector and its problems led all sectors in the labor and professional protests during February with (5) protests, in the second place came the agriculture, transportation and communications sectors, and in the third came the health , spinning and weaving, chemical industries sectors, in the fourth and final place came the sectors of security, sports , tourism, public officials, metallurgical industries and the judiciary.

The education sector also was at the forefront of the social protests in February, with 13 protests. The transportation sector came second with 5 protests during the month, followed by the security sector which witnessed 3 protests, and in fourth place came the health, water and sanitation sectors with two protests each.

In the fifth place came the sectors of trade, services, sports, housing, pensioners, construction and construction materials, and food industries with one protest each.

There were also two cases of suicide for economic reasons that have not been classified under any of the research categories.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said: “The number of protests has doubled in February compared to January, which had 30 instances of protest, as we expected. The reasons behind the increase in the number of protests are due to the payment of workers’ salaries in January without the promised bonuses by the government, the employers or the provisions of collective labor agreements signed years ago (such as the case of Ceramica Laboteh).”

ANHRI added: “A remarkable phenomenon in February is that Sharqiya was at the forefront of labor and professional protests with the decline of Cairo from this place, while it maintained the leading position in the social protests, and the education sector continued to be at the forefront of protests with protests from all of the parties of the educational process (students, teachers and parents) most of the protests were related to the increase in tuition fees, irregularities in the bylaws and examination systems, the arbitrary transfer of those carrying out the educational process, the demand for fixed contracts instead of temporary, the intervention of security was clear and explicit, and also that of the employers, arresting the leaders of workers, fabricating the charge of incitement to protest, and bargaining to dismantle the protest in exchange for their personal freedom. “

Click here to read the full report: Labor & Social protests Index in February 2018