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In Egypt, Revolution Moves Into The Factories

From Infoshop.Org.
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Egypt’s popular revolution was launched from a public square. Now there’s an uprising on factory floors — with labor strikes across the country. Under the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak, many industries were privatized as Egypt turned from a state-controlled to a market-driven economy. But government-owned factories were frequently given to loyalists or foreign buyers who had the right connections. Many of them got rich by cutting wages and benefits.

from NPR

Egypt’s popular revolution was launched from a public square. Now there’s an uprising on factory floors — with labor strikes across the country.

Under the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak, many industries were privatized as Egypt turned from a state-controlled to a market-driven economy. But government-owned factories were frequently given to loyalists or foreign buyers who had the right connections. Many of them got rich by cutting wages and benefits.

Now, the workers are fighting back.

In Menoufia, about 90 miles from Cairo in the Nile Delta, the main employer is the Shebin spinning and weaving factory. For generations, local men have worked at the sprawling 150-acre plant, spinning Egyptian cotton into products for the world market.

But the factory is closed now. The workers are all on strike.

They have chanted and marched for more than a month, encouraged by the success of the popular uprising that forced Mubarak to resign, labor activist Hossam Hamalawi says.

“On all levels there is more organizing than I’ve seen before,” he says. “It has been given a boost by the revolution.”

Politicians from Cairo see which way the wind is blowing; these days they come to support the striking workers.

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