12 February, 2009

30.000 join free union

30.000 real estate tax collectors have signed the founding statement of the Free Union, el-Badeel reports. More than 300 collective resignation letters have been sent to the state-backed union. Representatives of the union also extended their support to the workers in Mahalla, firmly rejecting accusations of the state-controled union that attempts to establish a free union there is illegal and funded by organizations with a "foreign agenda". Leading unionist Kamal abu Eita says that such accusations can only come from "someone who doesn't know anything about the international agreements that Egypt signed", adding that it is in fact the state-controlled union that is operating outside the law.

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