Ex-presdential candidate and labour rights lawyer, Ali, slams Morsi for ignoring workers demands

Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Jul 2012

Rights lawyer and ex-presidential candidate Khaled Ali lashed out at new president Mohamed Morsi for attending to business community while ignoring workers rights

Khaled Ali
Rights lawyer Khaled Ali

Rights lawyer Khaled Ali criticized the newly elected president Mohamed Morsi for choosing to hold meetings with several of Egypt's businessmen while ignoring workers demands and protests ongoing now for days.

Ali, who ran for the presidency in the last elections, is known for his legal work defending labour rights. He made his statements during a rally and Ramadan iftar attended by workers, trade union leaders and party members in Mahala on Saturday.  

The leftist lawyer added that Morsi should pay attention to the problems of the Mahala workers who have played an important role since 2006 together with Kifaya movement in triggering the protest wave that ultimately led to the ouster of Mubarak.  

Ali further stressed the importance of uniting workers demands and focusing on cleansing the holding company of corrupt managers.

Workers of the Mahala Spinning and Weaving Company, the largest textile mill in the country, have been on strike since July 15 demanding better working conditions and the ouster of the holding company's corrupt managers.

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