In Pictures: Egyptian workers protest on Labour Day
Several political movements and syndicates march to Tahrir square
Egyptian workers took part on Wednesday in marches across different governorates to protest against working conditions in Egypt.
Hundreds of workers marched from Sayeda Zeinab Square to Tahrir Square demanding that wages be linked with prices, pricing constraints be imposed, and that large Egyptian industries such as iron and cement be nationalised. They also called for a minimum wage of EGP 1,500 and demanded the imposition of a maximum wage.
Several political and labour movements, including the Revolutionary Socialists, the Egyptian Union for Independent Syndicates, the Democratic Egypt Workers Conference, No To Military Trials, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, coordinated to organise the demonstrations.
Political parties participating in the Sayeda Zeinab march included the Socialist Popular Alliance, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, Al Dostour, Misr Al Qawia, Al Karama Party, and the Egyptian Communist Party.
Protesters also called for a law protecting syndicate freedoms to be passed to ensure that employees are able to form trade unions, and requested that dismissed labour movement leaders be reinstated.
In Alexandria’s Egypt Station Square, workers formed human chains to protest against poor workplace conditions.
The event in Alexandria was organised by a number of labour and revolutionary movements including 6 April Youth Movement, the Kefaya Movement, the Alexandria Cement Company, and Abu Kheir, according to an online statement by 6 April.
Photos By: Ahmed Al-Malky