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(en) Egypt: Three years in prison for 5 dockworkers Alexandria* (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 06 Oct 2012 18:47:10 +0200

On 23 September, the Alexandria court has sentenced to three years in prison to five company employees working with containers at the port of Alexandria. The sentence was imposed following the strike of the employees of the company and its call for the resignation of the President of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Alexandria accused of corruption. They also demanded the privatization of port platforms that have been rented to unknown Chinese companies. ---- The Chairman of the Port Authority of Alexandria denounced workers, presenting a report, accusing the members of the secretariat of the Independent Union of endangering workers and causes damage to public facilities and picketing that impeded the work of loading and unloading during the strike.

In principle, the prosecution did not accept the complaint and filed the lawsuit. But the company appealed the decision of the prosecutor and the court proceedings were reopened. Three times, workers have been called to testify and all three have been released. The lawyers have asked an independent expert from the Faculty of Engineering at Alexandria to assess the damage to the facilities, questioning the damage report filed by the company.

Finally, the prosecutor referred the case to the court of Alexandria who has ruled for three years in prison for the five following employees: Sadek Ahmed Hassan (independent union president of the company), Yusry Marouf (secretary general), Ashraf Ibrahim, Mohamed Abdel Monem and Essam Eldin Mohamed Mabrouk (workers' representatives in the negotiations with the leaders of the Northern military zone and presented the demands of the workers during the strike last March).

The Democratic Congress of Egyptian workers (EDLC) and Support Centre labor unions (CTUWS) have pledged their full support and solidarity with workers and union representatives independent of the company that have merely exercised their right to strike under the rules and conventions, and reject any restriction of the right of workers to strike.

The Democratic Congress of Egyptian workers and support center labor unions condemn the repression directed independent unions and their representatives freely chosen by workers without intermediaries to conduct negotiations with employers and state institutions.

Both organizations are located next to the workers and undertake to provide all kinds of support and the necessary legal assistance. At the same time, emphasize the need for a broad campaign of solidarity against this ferocious attack on independent trade unions and the achievements of the Egyptian working class embodied in the creation of free and independent trade unions manipulations.

Taskforce for North Africa of the S. RR. II. General Confederation of Labour CGT
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From: Anarkismo.net: http://www.anarkismo.net/article/24024
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