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Egyptian workers celebrate May Day
Published May 4, 2011 10:10 PM
Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, May 1.
Red flags waved across Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptian workers
celebrated May Day in Cairo. Holding up Egyptian, Libyan, Syrian, Palestinian
and Communist Party flags, the marchers chanted for “Social
The countrywide explosion of strikes for higher wages, better working
conditions and job security ever since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
was forced out in early February by massive protests was reflected at this
Workers from factories across Egypt and from many unions, including the newly
founded Federation of Independent Labor Unions, and various left parties
marched around the square, carrying their banners and signs high. Political
organizations represented included the Egyptian Socialist Party, Egyptian
Communist Party, the liberal Ghad Party, the Revolutionary Socialists, the
Muslim Brotherhood and the Workers’ Democratic Party.
Union representatives called for the formation of independent labor unions; a
major increase in the monthly minimum wage, from 400 Egyptian pounds ($70) to
1200 Egyptian pounds ($200); and a salary cap set at 15 times the minimum wage.
They also called for the trials of the corrupt and brutal Mubarak-appointed
union leaders of the Egyptian General Federation of Trade Unions.
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