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Egypt's general federation for trade unions rallies for removal of manpower minister

The General Federation for Trade Unions calls on all workers’ syndicates to demonstrate on Tuesday to demand the removal of the minister of manpower and an end to the formation of independent unions

Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Jul 2011
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Egypt's General Federation for Trade Unions has called on all workers’ syndicates to demonstrate on Tuesday in front of the federation headquarters to demand the removal of the minister of manpower and migration, Ahmed El-Borai, and to stand against the formation of independent unions.

The union has asked 23 workers’ trade unions to mobilise a large number of workers for their demonstration on Tuesday.

However, some syndicates rejected the call because they believe it to stand against the January 25 revolution's demands, according to a member of the Railway Syndicate who preferred to remain anonymous. “This call is against the organisation of independent unions, which is the mentality of the old regime,” he said.

After the Egyptian revolution, several independent syndicates were formed, previously prohibited during former president Hosni Mubarak’s era. The minister of manpower supports the formation of independent trade unions and has thus been incurred the federation's critcism.

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